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Lone Fisherman (1896)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | September 1896 (USA)
"Depicts the patient fisherman, sitting on the end of a plank, waiting for a bite. Practical joker comes along and removes stone from other end of plank."


James H. White


Edward E. Rice (play)




A fellow in a wide-brimmed hat, with a willowy stick for a rod and a baited hook, sits down on a plank hanging over a bridge above a stream. He sticks the rod under his seat and picks up his bottle to take a swig. Behind him creeps a joker who removes the large flagstone that's holding the fisherman's plank in place: man, rod, bait, and plank fall into the water. As the joker laughs and tosses the flagstone into the water, the fisherman complains then makes his way to shore. A horse-drawn buggy draws up, stops, and a fellow gets off the buggy and he too laughs. His female companion stays in the buggy and laughs too. The joker jumps in. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short


Not Rated




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September 1896 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lone Fisherman See more »

Filming Locations:

Fanwood, New Jersey, USA

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Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) See more »

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Funny Edison Film
1 May 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Lone Fisherman (1896)

This comedy from Edison is pretty funny even if it lasts just under a minute. A fisherman is sitting on a plank on a bridge when someone comes up from behind him and removes the stone. This causes the fisherman to fall off the blank and right into the water below. That's pretty much the entire story here but it's actually pretty funny and especially the reaction of the fisherman once he's in the water. I must admit that I found the prank to be pretty funny and I certainly liked the reaction that the guy gave as he starts flopping around in the water. This "acting" was certainly over-the-top but that's what made it work so well. Edison would eventually make quite a few prank movies so it appears they were popular back in the day and for a good reason. The camera stays put on dry land and just catches all the action in front of it including the prankster himself jumping into the water as a couple other people ride up and laugh at the action going on.

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