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What a Yawn Did (1907)

Le bailleur (original title)
During his daily promenade, a fine gentleman in his impeccably crisp suit wearing a black and broad-brimmed top hat is yawning incessantly.


Segundo de Chomón




A top-hatted middle aged man gets dressed in the morning, and starts to yawn, causing his wife to yawn as well. He sets off down the street where he proceeds to make others yawn as well, including a shop keeper, passers by and a small group of drilling soldiers. Written by WesternOne

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hat | yawn | yawning | public | road | See All (10) »


Comedy | Short







Release Date:

16 March 1907 (USA) See more »

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What a Yawn Did See more »

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Pathé Frères See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Beating a cute idea to death!
14 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Segundo de Chomón directed "The Yawner" and I'll have to say it's one of his worst films I have seen. While this sort of broad overacting may have worked well back in 1907, today the film just seems like the germ of an idea was ruined due to Chomón's direction and the actors over-acting.

It begins with a man being awoken by his housekeeper. As he yawns, she in turn follows. And, after the man leaves the home, he keeps yawning and then folks around him do the same. The finale isn't a bad idea, though up until then it was all typified by the sort of acting you might see out of your four year-old when they are playing! There is not one bit of subtlety to it and the film, though only about four minutes long, seems tedious due to the execution of the idea.

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