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Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Flying House (1921)

After eating rarebit, a woman has a strange dream in which her husband converts their home into a flying machine to escape having to pay the exorbitant interest on the mortgage. It takes them around the world and to the moon.

Director:

Winsor McCay

Writers:

Winsor McCay (comic strip "Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend"), Winsor McCay (screenplay)
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After eating rarebit, a woman has a strange dream in which her husband converts their home into a flying machine to escape having to pay the exorbitant interest on the mortgage. It takes them around the world and to the moon.

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Country:

USA

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English

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25 September 1921 (USA) See more »

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Watch Your House See more »

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Rialto Productions See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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A Creative & Interesting Animated Feature
7 June 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

"The Flying House" is a creative and interesting feature from Winsor McCay's 'Rarebit Fiend' series. It has a little less outright comedy than some of his other features, but it is an intriguing movie in a couple of other respects. Most particularly, the dream sequence here is much more of a story than are the dream sequences in the other surviving features from the series. More than that, it's an interesting dream that follows a very believable 'dream logic' of its own.

The dream in this one has a man responding to the threats of a mortgage company with a most unusual plan that could only work in a dream. But rather than simply use the idea of "The Flying House" for a few laughs, McCay takes it through a series of episodic events that recreate pretty well the strange chains of events that happen in our dreams. It really adds some interest, even beyond the opportunity to see McCay's usual creative details and skillful animation.


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