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The Wonderful Baby Incubator (1901)

An Over-Incubated Baby (original title)
An up to date idea and a great picture. The professor sits in his laboratory with his newly invented baby incubator. A mother who is anxious for the growth of her child enters, places her ... See full summary »

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Walter R. Booth
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An up to date idea and a great picture. The professor sits in his laboratory with his newly invented baby incubator. A mother who is anxious for the growth of her child enters, places her baby in care of the professor, who promptly places it in the incubator. An alcohol lamp is lighted under the apparatus, but the professor evidently gets his machine too hot, for in a few seconds the top is opened and the baby taken out. To the great anger of its mother it has grown about two feet in height and has long hair and a full beard. Written by Edison Catalog

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UK

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May 1902 (USA) See more »

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Robert W. Paul See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Competing With Melies
1 December 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This Robert Paul production directed by ex-stage magician Walter Booth is a comic warning about the effects of modernism. In this case, Professor Bakem offers his baby incubator, which will add a year's growth to an infant in a few minutes. But when the baby is put in the incubator, a fire starts, and when the baby is removed, it has the beard of an old man!

Although the production values are not as elaborate as those that Melies was employing, the frenetic movements of the players is highly reminiscent of Melies' actors. Perhaps this was Paul's response to the great success of ex-stage magician Melies' movies. The film industry was already international in scope and Paul understood that you give the public what it wants.


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