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Catching an Early Train (1901)

Shows a suburbanite asleep in bed. He discovers he has overslept himself, and jumps out of bed. His shirt, trousers, shoes, collar, tie, coat, vest, hat, cane, cigar and satchel rise from ... See full summary »
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Shows a suburbanite asleep in bed. He discovers he has overslept himself, and jumps out of bed. His shirt, trousers, shoes, collar, tie, coat, vest, hat, cane, cigar and satchel rise from the floor and adjust themselves up to him and he makes a hasty exit. The scene dissolves to a railroad station, showing the suburbanite running to catch the rear platform of a moving train. Written by Edison Catalog

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USA

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November 1901 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Melies -- Edison Style
12 September 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Catching an Early Train (1901)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Extremely light Edison short has a man oversleeping so when he jumps out of head, his clothing begins to jump at him so he can get dressed quicker. It's rather clear that this "magic" film was trying to be in the same genre as those movies being released by Georges Melies but it falls quite short. The special effects are fairly good for their time but one can't help but think that the "magic of Melies" is missing here. Also missing is the charm and grace that a Melies film carries.

You can view this at the Library of Congress website.


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