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Getting Evidence (1906)

 |  Short, Comedy  |  October 1906 (USA)
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A jealous husband arrives in the office of Hawkshaw, a private detective. The husband is certain that his wife is being unfaithful, and he wants the detective to produce photographic ... See full summary »

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A jealous husband arrives in the office of Hawkshaw, a private detective. The husband is certain that his wife is being unfaithful, and he wants the detective to produce photographic evidence. The detective tails the wife, and thinks he has caught her, but a sudden mishap prevents him from getting a photo. Despite this and further setbacks, the dedicated detective presses on, determined to fulfill his assignment. Written by Snow Leopard

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A Funny & Creative Short Feature
1 July 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This short comedy is quite funny, and for its time it shows creativity and good technique. There were also a couple of short features using similar material made by other studios of the era, but this one works especially well. Edwin S. Porter with his cast and crew put quite a bit of extra work into it, rather than just hoping that the basic idea would be enough.

The story starts with a jealous husband who wants a private detective to provide him with photographic evidence of his wife's alleged infidelity. The hapless but determined detective devotes himself to the job in the face of one setback after another. Most of the movie consists of a series of comic vignettes about the detective's repeated attempts to get that elusive picture. Some of the sequences are quite resourceful for their time, and all of them work.

The movie saves the funniest and most involved vignette for the climax, with a lengthy sequence at the seashore that also features some good camera movement and some good composition. Then, at the end, there is an amusing twist that caps off the movie nicely. All in all, you won't see too many comedies of the era that still work as well as this one does.


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