An old proprietor is startled by the sudden appearance of a skull. Just as he draws back from the uncanny object, the doors of a mediaeval wardrobe fly back and a hand prods him with a ... See full summary »
Mr Beetle seeks companionship from a statuesque dragonfly dancer, unaware that her ex-boyfriend, a slender grasshopper and an industrious cameraman, watches their every move. Will Mrs Beetle forgive him? Will he get away with adultery?
A sketch artist dressed as a clown does a 'lightning sketch' stage act in which he draws a woman's bust.... and then takes the bust and places into on a table. He then draws arms and adds them, until an entire woman is revealed. It's a Melies film, is it not? Fans of early films have seen various Melies pieces like this..... but did Melies invent this sort of novelty film, or was it created across the Channel, in Robert Paul's studio by ex-stage magician Walter Booth? Who did what first and who stole it from whom? Was it even theft, when there was no such thing as copyright for films for more than decade afterward? It's hard to tell who invented what in this period, but enquiring minds want to know -- and may never find out. Never mind. It's fascinating to watch.
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