Consul Crosses the Atlantic (1909)

Consul the Great Crosses the Atlantic (original title)
Adventures of a performing ape aboard the S.S. George Washington.


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"Consul the Great," the human ape, of marvelously manlike tastes and actions, came to this country on the huge steamship George Washington, recently. His daily life and experiences are admirably and humorously depicted in scenes which command not only the approval, but the enthusiasm of every audience. Consul's aping of the manners and customs of civilized human life is vastly entertaining and most instructive. His repertoire is entirely covered in the film and all the famous acts are clearly shown. Read of the many things he does now: He takes an airing, investigates the ship, uses a pocket handkerchief, swabs the deck, climbs the rigging, hems a handkerchief, exercises on a bicycle, makes free with the Stars and Stripes, enjoys afternoon tea, comes to grief, plays baseball, quarrels with youngsters, rides roller skates, has an elaborate lunch, eats with fork, picks teeth, pours wine, uses a table napkin, has an after-dinner smoke, prepares to retire, bids us adieu, kisses the keeper... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy







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1 December 1909 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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It seems well nigh incredible
24 January 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Story of a wonderful man-like ape which recently came to this country. This film depicts his daily life on board ship and his actions are so man-like and entertaining that it seems well nigh incredible that a monkey could do so much. Nevertheless, here is the motion picture reproducing before the eyes of the assembled multitudes the life this ape led and showing so clearly that it seems almost as though the ape were actually before one what he did and how he did it. For this reason the film is unusually entertaining and is educational as well. The intelligence displayed is little short of marvelous and the fidelity with which the scenes are reproduced is sufficiently accurate to be satisfying. It may be interesting to know that this interesting film was secured by Mr. Chas. Urban himself, who happened to be crossing the Atlantic on the same steamer as Consul and was not premeditated. - The Moving Picture World, December 11, 1909

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