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Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son (1905)

Based loosely on the nursery rhyme: A fair is in progress, with refreshments, entertainment, and other activities. As the rest of the crowd is watching one of the acts, Tom steals a pig and... See full summary »
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Based loosely on the nursery rhyme: A fair is in progress, with refreshments, entertainment, and other activities. As the rest of the crowd is watching one of the acts, Tom steals a pig and runs off. He tries to hide, but he is chased by the crowd, and the pig also proves difficult to control. But Tom has some tricks up his sleeve that might give him a chance to escape. Written by Snow Leopard

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pig | fair | based on poem | well | villager | See All (8) »

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Comedy | Short

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USA

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English

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9 March 1905 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Biograph production number 2987. See more »

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Edited into Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son (1969) See more »

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Only Fair, But Has Some Amusing Moments
28 September 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This loose adaptation of the nursery rhyme "Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son" has some amusing moments that make it watchable. It actually could have been pretty good if some of the details had been filmed with more refined technique. In that respect, it mainly suffers from being made before film-makers had developed numerous standard techniques for making sure that the audience would notice everything that they were intended to see.

As in the rhyme, the story starts with Tom stealing a pig, and then he tries to get away with it. The chase sequences that follow have plenty of energy, and they make use of a couple of decent ideas. Some of it gets a bit goofy, and overall it is only fair, but it is good-natured enough to work a lot of the time.

It is the earliest part that could have been better. The opening scene in the street fair is actually pretty ambitious, and it is quite detailed. But everything is too close together, and the characters too indistinct, for the viewer to catch all that is going on, unless you go back and watch it a couple more times. If it had been made just a few years later, and/or with just a couple of changes in technique, the scene (and the movie as a whole) could have been much more entertaining.


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