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The Biter Bit (1899)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Short | 1900 (UK)
Two men work in a large garden, one of them watering with a hose and wearing a boater. A young man in apron and cap sneaks into the scene, hides behind a bush, and kinks the hose. The man ... See full summary »

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James Bamforth
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Two men work in a large garden, one of them watering with a hose and wearing a boater. A young man in apron and cap sneaks into the scene, hides behind a bush, and kinks the hose. The man in the boater can't figure out what's going on, and before too long, he's soaked. He gives chase. Will he catch the prankster, and if he does, what punishment will he meet out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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1900 (UK) See more »

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Gardener Watering Plants See more »

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An elaboration of "The Tables Turned on the Gardener": The camera angle is taken from the view of the prankster, there is a brief comedy chase, and the prankster's punishment is to be sprayed by the hose. See more »

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Remake of Tables Turned on the Gardener (1895) See more »

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A copy of Lumière but with better timing and comic delivery
2 March 2008 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I watched this film on a DVD that was rammed with short films from the period. I didn't watch all of them as the main problem with these type of things that their value is more in their historical novelty value rather than entertainment. So to watch them you do need to be put in the correct context so that you can keep this in mind and not watch it with modern eyes. With the Primitives & Pioneers DVD collection though you get nothing to help you out, literally the films are played one after the other (the main menu option is "play all") for several hours. With this it is hard to understand their relevance and as an educational tool it falls down as it leaves the viewer to fend for themselves, which I'm sure is fine for some viewers but certainly not the majority. What it means is that the DVD saves you searching the web for the films individually by putting them all in one place – but that's about it.

The joke here is a gardener has his hose shut off by a prankster until he looks down it, then "whoosh". Lumière did the same gag but here it is delivered with more humour and attention to the material and not just the filming process. It is still not hilarious but it is well delivered and at least goes to a better ending. Although it does seem like Bamforth & Company tend to copy others work, this film is still amusing but the "copying" aspect will reduce its value in the eyes of some.


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