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Despite all methods of instantaneously masking a clandestine gambling den's shady activities, the risk of getting caught is high, especially when the police thirsts for success. But, sometimes, indulging in pure fun is just too tempting.
A fairy godmother magically turns Cinderella's rags to a beautiful dress, and a pumpkin into a coach. Cinderella goes to the ball, where she meets the Prince - but will she remember to leave before the magic runs out?
A squat, muscular dog steals a leg of lamb or mutton from a butcher shop, and the local constabulary, armed with truncheons, gives chase. Man's best friend, keeping a firm-jowled grip on the meat, leads the town's finest down streets, across boulevards, through a cellar and up the side of the building to a steep roof, then down again, and to his doghouse. The cops gingerly surround the place, then out bursts the canine and chases the entire force back to their station.Written by
This chase comedy is amusing, and it is rather interesting historically in that it has a noticeable resemblance to the Keystone Cops comedies that would not appear until a few years later.
Its premise and some of the content also bear a similarity with those of several earlier pioneering chase movies, going back at least to 1901's "Stop Thief", and it seems very possible that this feature was conceived as a more involved and entertaining version of those earlier movies.
The story starts with a bunch of bungling policemen chasing a dog, and there's not too much more to it than that. The chase has some very good moments, although it starts to run out of steam after a while. Some of the sets are a bit plain, but there are some outdoor sequences and some special camera effects that work rather well for the era.
It's a familiar idea, but it's not bad at all, and its relation to other early comedies is interesting. It's the kind of feature that is worth a look if you enjoy these very old films.
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