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Strange Adventure of New York Drummer (1899)

"This commercial traveler has evidently had a wet day judging from the strange things he sees at his hotel. The hall boy shows him to his room, puts down his grips, and then disappears ... See full summary »

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Edwin S. Porter
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"This commercial traveler has evidently had a wet day judging from the strange things he sees at his hotel. The hall boy shows him to his room, puts down his grips, and then disappears through the ceiling. Drummer pushes button five times for a drink, and waiter appears through the floor. Drummer turns to sit down on the bed it disappears. He fights with the waiter, is overcome, and waiter locks him in a trunk and sits on it. After a while he opens the trunk; behold, it's empty. Drummer appears mysteriously, picks up a big book, hits waiter on head, and drives him through the floor. Drummer dances in delirious glee." Written by Edison Catalog

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USA

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English

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17 June 1899 (USA) See more »

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Quite Amusing, & Well-Crafted For Its Time
23 February 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This little special effects comedy is quite amusing, and for its time it is also very well-crafted. The whole story relies on the stop-action technique, which soon became one of the standard tools in such movies, to create surprise visual effects. Most of the camera effects are of good quality, and would have been considered pretty good even in a movie from several years later when techniques were a little more refined.

The simple story has a traveling salesman checking into a hotel room, only to encounter a great many unexpected developments. While simple in themselves, they are funny, and almost all of them are seamless, which could only have been done through care and patience on the part of the film-makers and the actors.

It gives the appearance of having been well-conceived and well-crafted. The print is now scratchy and sometimes a little jerky, but that is hardly the fault of the original film-makers. It's easily one of the more entertaining movies of its era, and it even holds up well enough against many movies of the following decade, when scenarios like this could be made more elaborate and detailed.


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