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Mr. Hurry-Up of New York
(1907) American
B&W : One reel
Directed by (unknown)

Cast: [?] ? [Mr. Hurry-Up], [?] ? [the dentist], [?] ? [the bartender]

American Mutoscope & Biograph Company production; distributed by American Mutoscope & Biograph Company. / Cinematography by G.W. Bitzer. / © 31 January 1907 by American Mutoscope & Biograph Company. / [?] Biograph 35mm spherical format? / The production features stop-motion animation.


Synopsis: Spoof of a typical harried New Yorker. After a visit to a tavern, he returns home to be confronted with moving keyholes, moving furniture, revolving staircases and spinning beds. // [Variety, 16 February 1907, page ?] “Mr. Hurry-Up” (American Biograph Co.) on one of his strenuous days introduces many comical situations. The hurried breakfast, leaving for the office, opening mail, followed by a rush for the dentist, where no time for ceremony is given. The dentist quickly gets down to business, and our subject, minus his tooth, but with customary faint feeling hies him to a neighboring cafe, when he over indulges in alcoholic delusion. His experiences as homeward he wends his way introduces many comical situations, which are only outdone by his efforts to locate the keyhole on arrival at his front door. The sudden mysterious appearance of the keyhole in another location as he nears with his key its former position, combined with his serious endeavors, furnishes unusual amusement to the scene.

Reviews: [Variety, 16 February 1907, page ?] Other than being considerably too long, this picture contains little fun, and that only at long intervals. The story is lost from the title. The amusing part is supposed to be the return home of a man in an intoxicated condition, walking up and down a winding flight of stairs. The staircase turn our of reach when he attempts to return. His own efforts cause this to happen, and it is so plainly observable that there is no humorous effect to speak of. — Sime.

Survival status: Print exists in the Library of Congress film archive (paper print collection) [35mm paper positive].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Alcohol: Drunkeness - Animation [stop-action] - Dentists

Listing updated: 2 March 2010.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Niver-First pp. 111-112 : Variety-19070216 : Website-AFI.

Home video: DVD.

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