Musty works in an automat where the customers steal food using slugs and reaching through the vending doors. Musty smashes them over the head with a mallet, and dumps the bodies down a chute to what appears to be a sausage processor.

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Harry Watson ...
Musty Suffer (as Harry Watson Jr.)
Dan Crimmins ...
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Della Connor ...
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Maxfield Moree
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Musty works in an automat where the customers steal food using slugs and reaching through the vending doors. Musty smashes them over the head with a mallet, and dumps the bodies down a chute to what appears to be a sausage processor.

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2 August 1916 (USA)  »

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Subtitled "The Mishaps of Musty Suffer in numerous whirls (Series 2, Whirl #7)." See more »

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Followed by Truly Rural (1917) See more »

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The Automat
16 April 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Musty, wearing what appears to be a marching band uniform, is grabbed and transformed into a cook at an automat. Although this lacks the general sadistic humor of the better Musty Suffer shorts, it is a well-constructed although slightly primitive comedy for the era.

The Musty Suffer shorts made use of long standard filming techniques. In this one we see a lot of stop-motion work of the sort that Georges Melies had used a decade earlier. However, Melies' special effects were used solely for the "Wow" factor. The audience gaped at them. By the time this film was made, such effects had other purposes; they had become part of the grammar of film. Here, they make the audience laugh at their absurdity.


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