Some mattress makers take a break from their work to drink in the saloon. While they're gone a tramp climbs into the mattress to warm himself. When the mattress makers come back they sew ...
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Some mattress makers take a break from their work to drink in the saloon. While they're gone a tramp climbs into the mattress to warm himself. When the mattress makers come back they sew the tramp inside the mattress. This leads to a disastrous scene of the tramp running wildly around, causing confusion.Written by
A tramp crawls into a mattress that is being made to get warm and is sewn into it. When he wakes suddenly, he scares the bejasus out of everyone.
Although this slapstick effort is one of Melies' weaker movies, there are a couple of interesting points: first, the cutting definitely uses Magic lantern grammar, as we see the enmattressed tramp leave the street and enter a bar. There is a cut to the interior of the bar and it is several seconds before the lively mattress enters. This is typical of magic lantern pieces and was already being superseded in movies, since the effect is too slow for the anticipation of the audience. Second, there is a title card near the end -- still something of a novelty -- followed by a shot of the tramp, something typical for the slapstick efforts that Pathe would become known for starting the following year.
This is one of the many previously lost or infrequently seen Melies pictures that have been made available by Serge Bromberg, David Shepherd and a myriad of other hands in the newly issued DVD set GEORGES MELIES: FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA. Required viewing for anyone interested in the history of movies ..... and a lot of fun.
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