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The Poachers (1903)

A Desperate Poaching Affray (original title)
Three hunters surprise two poachers in the act. The hunters take umbrage and give chase over fences and through fields. The hunters fire away, but the poachers have guns as well, and a ... See full summary »

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William Haggar
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Credited cast:
Sid Griffiths Sid Griffiths ... Second Poacher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Will Haggar Jr. Will Haggar Jr. ... First Poacher
Walter Haggar Walter Haggar ... First Gamekeeper
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Three hunters surprise two poachers in the act. The hunters take umbrage and give chase over fences and through fields. The hunters fire away, but the poachers have guns as well, and a fight ensues with casualties for the hunters. Two cops appear and so do dogs as the chase continues. Will the poachers escape, or will they, like the game they were after, be trapped? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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UK

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31 October 1903 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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No Eggs Were Cooked in This Movie
18 July 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Men with guns flee from other men, police and dogs in this film by Walter Hagar.

One of the IMDb reviews claims this is the first chase film. My immediate reaction to any claims of a cinematic first is denial, but a brief search shows that fellow British director, Alf Collins, who was accounted a specialist in chases, released his first chase film a month later. Then I remembered A DAYLIGHT ROBBERY, which had been released in July of that year.... and I await reports of earlier examples.

Regardless of who was first, it wouldn't take long for the genre to ripen. The following year there would be chase comedies, like HOW A FRENCH NOBLEMAN FOUND A WIFE THROUGH THE 'NEW YORK HERALD' PERSONAL ADVERTISEMENTS.

It's also a very advanced movie for 1903, starting off with a panning shot in the first of five scenes.

PS: About twenty minutes after writing this review, I looked at James Williamson's 1901 STOP, THIEF in which a housewife chases a tramp who has stolen a leg of lamb.


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