While this film from the US post office isn't quite as dull as Old Mail Coach at Ford (also 1903) it does manage to run it a close second. The film opens with a man standing at the brow of a hill looking off to his left as a black man pushing a cart passes behind him in the other direction. The man looks and looks. He stands patiently until, from the right of the screen a mail coach appears. Now this must have been a fairly simple film to direct. The toughest part must have been ensuring that the coach stopped within the shot. And guess what? That's right: man walks off screen left to collect the mail. He then climbs into his buggy and trots off down the hill, vowing, no doubt, that the film's director would never eat lunch in that town again.
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