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Good Glue Sticks (1907)

La colle universelle (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy
A hawker demonstrates his glue's exceptional qualities; however, a pair of policemen shut him down. Bent on revenge, he goes to extreme lengths for justice, but it's a risky action, and one could easily get a taste of his own medicine.

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At a small and quiet corner of an empty street, an honest and enterprising hawker gives a small demonstration of his amazing universal glue's exceptional qualities, from his rickety stall with the rough wooden sign that simply read "The Best Glue". Soon, a small and willing-to-buy crowd assemble in front of his outdoor business; however, a pair of ever-watchful police officers rush to shut him down, scaring off the customers. Bent on revenge, the wronged vendor will go to extreme lengths for justice, but it's a risky action, and one could easily get a taste of his own medicine. Written by Nick Riganas

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Mildly Entertaining Change of Pace From Méliès
10 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

In this mildly interesting change of pace, Georges Méliès sets aside his trademark array of special camera effects, and turns instead to slapstick, with results that are only somewhat entertaining. It's a little goofy and sometimes rather bland, yet it does have some good moments, and there are a couple of fairly basic special effects thrown into the mix.

The simple story starts with a salesman touting the superior quality of the glue that he is hawking, and then getting into a series of confrontations with some of his detractors. There are one or two good gags, although some of the action doesn't really go anywhere.

Méliès had enough of a feel for slapstick that he often used small sequences of it effectively in his special effects or science fiction movies, and so parts of this are also decent. The idea here just doesn't have quite enough to it for it to be able to fill up the whole running time with entertaining material.


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