Le theatre electrique de Bob 1909

Also known as Bob’s Electric Theatre

Three young children set up a table, and on the table is placed a miniature stage. The stage curtain opens, a carpet appears, and then the carpet unrolls by itself. Two puppet figures then come out and begin to perform a series of routines.

DIRECTOR Segundo de Chomón
SCREENWRITER Ferdinand Zecca

Production Co: Pathé Frères

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Max reprend sa liberté 1912

The beauty of this affable domestic morality play by Max Linder rests entirely with the actor/director’s seemingly inexhaustible ability to balance his ineffably graceful screen presence against the character of a less than competent husband, consigned to his own dysfunctional devices after the wife runs home to Mother. Linder’s comedies were always like this; forever two steps less unhinged, even in their slapstick elements, than the lovely knockabout grotesquerie of Keystone; and with a shade more emphasis on character. Though never as wildly successful in the States as the pantheon comics (Chaplin, Arbuckle, Keaton, Lloyd, etc), they nevertheless all took away something from Linder, whithout which their work, indeed the soul of American screen comedy itself, would have been a very different, possibly less charming, species. Tom Sutpen

Director Max Linder

Cast – Max Linder, Delphine Renot, Jane Renouardt
Producer – Pathé Frères

 

The Musical Marvel 1917

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The piano player falls in love with the wife of the bad man. The bad man meets the piano player and tells him that his wife is in the east; and so they decide to go and find her, the pianist not realizing who the girl is. Later Ben, the pianist, becomes the leader of the orchestra and gets into a fight with the violinist. The comedy ends with a chase, a wrecked theater and a bomb explosion which sends them all sky high.

—Moving Picture World synopsis

Directors: Ben Turpin, Robin Williamson
Stars: Ben Turpin, Gypsy Abbott, Edward J. Laurie |

 

L’insaisissable pickpocket 1908

Also Known as Diabolical Pickpocket

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A pickpocket in a plaid suit is constantly on the run from the police. He doesn’t have any trouble evading the cops, as his magic powers can get him out of the tightest situations. Using special effects, the pickpocket can jump into tight suitcases, unravel into a plaid rug, and disappear into thin air, among other things.

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Director: Segundo de Chomón

Avventura galante di un provinciale 1908

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An impossible romantic encounter

short Italian comedy

Director: Luca Comerio

Schaste 1934

Also Known as Happiness (1934)

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A hapless loser (with the surname of Loser) undergoes misadventures with avaracious clergy, a tired horse, and a walking granary (among other things) on his road to collectivized happiness.

Director: Aleksandr Medvedkin
Writer: Aleksandr Medvedkin
Stars: Pyotr Zinovyev, Yelena Yegorova, Nikolay Cherkasov

 

 

Almost a Scandal 1915

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Billie enjoys flirting with the ladies, and so does Henry, although he’s married. Trouble erupts when both men bring dates to the same beer garden, and Billie’s date turns out to be Henry’s wife.

Director: Henry Lehrman
Stars: Billie Ritchie, Henry Bergman, Hank Mann