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Batty Bill's Bustle Makes Everyone Hustle (1912)

Onésime horloger (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Fantasy | 23 April 1914 (USA)
The only way Onésime could think of to get his inheritance quicker was to set the clocks forward. Surprise: the whole world starts speeding up wildly.


Jean Durand


Louis Feuillade


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Credited cast:
Ernest Bourbon Ernest Bourbon ... Onésime / Bill
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raymond Aimos Raymond Aimos
Berthe Dagmar Berthe Dagmar
Alphonse Foucher Alphonse Foucher ... (as Fouché)
Édouard Grisollet Édouard Grisollet
Gaston Modot
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Batty Bill has been left a legacy, but the cruel donor stipulated that it should not be given to him for twenty years. Poor Batty, besieged as ever by creditors, is in a great state of mind and is forced to his utmost resources to find a means of releasing this legacy. In his town all clocks are controlled by electricity from the local observatory, and he thinks of a brilliant idea, of breaking into this place one night, tampering with the arrangements and setting the clocks at a great pace. This is a very amusing picture, because the clocks begin to move at a tremendous speed. Automobiles go at an incredulous pace. Shoppers shop and are served almost before they get into the door. Walkers seem to be racing for dear life, and, in fact, the whole city is on a great hustle. Boys become men and young men grow beards, and in the space of about twenty-four hours, twenty years have passed. Batty Bill secures his fortune. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Released in the US as a split reel along with the comedy Winky Willy and the Cherries (1913). See more »

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super-funny in its day, though modern audiences probably will lose interest FAST!
20 September 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a cute idea for a movie. A guy learns that he has a huge inheritance coming BUT he cannot collect it for twenty years! It seems that the dead relative didn't trust this immature guy and felt he would be more responsible when he was older. So, in a bizarre twist, the guy works on a clock to make it run a lot faster. And, being a bizarre comedy, everything in the film began to speed up to an amazing speed. As a result, the years ticked away rapidly until the guy was soon able to claim his inheritance! Audiences at the time must have delighted at watching everyone in fast motion, though I doubt today this would seem all that novel or impressive. We are just not impressed by such camera tricks, though I do remember as a child many years ago that we laughed at films that were sped up but I just can't see anyone but very little kids liking this.

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23 April 1914 (USA) See more »

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Onesime, Clockmaker See more »

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