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The Twentieth Century Tramp; or, Happy Hooligan and His Airship (1902)

A comic picture that defies description. It depicts the Twentieth Century up-to-date tramp flying over the chimney tops of New York City in the latest improved flying machine. Weary Willie ... See full summary »

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Edwin S. Porter
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J. Stuart Blackton ... Happy Hooligan
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A comic picture that defies description. It depicts the Twentieth Century up-to-date tramp flying over the chimney tops of New York City in the latest improved flying machine. Weary Willie has the indispensible tin can hanging from his waist and he waves his hands to his friends as he flies along. He passes over the top of the Equitable Life building and other New York sky scrapers. He flies over the East River and clears the top of the Brooklyn Bridge, and appears to be making his way toward Staten Island. When he is about in the centre of the river, his flying machine explodes, and like the unfortunate McGinty, down goes Weary William. This picture is most mystifying and humorous. Written by Edison Catalog

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Comedy | Fantasy | Short

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USA

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January 1902 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Clever Idea; It's Hard To Tell How Good It Was Originally
20 August 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This short comedy is based on a clever idea, but it is hard to tell how well it actually worked, because the print is so darkened and blurry that many of the details are obscured. As it is, you can still follow most of what happens, and it is no fault of the original film-makers that some of the detail has become indistinct over time.

Instead of riding on a train, which would have been a commonplace sight, the "Twentieth Century Tramp" starts off his trip on an airship. As things move along on the tramp's journey, it looks as if there were all kinds of details that are now a little hard to make out. If so, it might have been quite amusing in its original form, especially to audiences to whom this mode of travel would not have been so familiar.


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