Interesting comedy short




7/10



When there's no more room in hell, The dead will walk the earth...

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This isn't (intended to be) a comedy.
When I watch a movie like this, I put myself in the mind set of an audience member of 1909.
Situations which seem trite to us now, would all be very new. No doubt people were on the edge of their seats during Westerns; who knew then that the calvary always came to save the pioneers at the last minute. A couple having marital troubles seemed doomed until almost the last minute; then it wasn't taken from granted the couple's child could bring their parents together. In THE SEALED ROOM, who knew revenge could be sweeter than murder?
Today, we can say it has all been done before, but at the time of these Biograph Films, it was all very new, very exciting, and VERY DRAMATIC. I sincerely doubt anyone in the audience was laughing.
(And as aside, if you dnon't believe it has all been done before, just watch another film on this disc, A CORNER IN WHEAT. I could not help but think of the man's death from the grain elevator being reused so many years later in WITNESS).
How fortunate we are to still have these movies, now over 100 years old!
God Bless Miss Lillian Gish.

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Indeed. In 1909 the movies were still a new novelty yet to come into its own. No one knew what would happen. In fact one of the reasons these old movies are so rare today is that back in the day no one thought anyone would ever be interested in seeing a movie again some time in the future so the studios would destroy old film stock to reclaim the silver content. That and the film itself had a limited lifespan as it would either combust or clump together in a solid mass (if it didn't just turn to dust) and so many films are now lost to us. A lot of Lon Chaney Sr's movies went that way which is why he's thought of as a horror actor today. Some of his films survived (Phantom & Hunchback) while a lot of others he made didn't. And getting into the movies was a lot cheaper at only 5 cents back then compared to what it is now days, so everyone who could probably went.

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Indeed. In 1909 the movies were still a new novelty yet to come into its own. No one knew what would happen. In fact one of the reasons these old movies are so rare today is that back in the day no one thought anyone would ever be interested in seeing a movie again some time in the future so the studios would destroy old film stock to reclaim the silver content. That and the film itself had a limited lifespan as it would either combust or clump together in a solid mass (if it didn't just turn to dust) and so many films are now lost to us. A lot of Lon Chaney Sr's movies went that way which is why he's thought of as a horror actor today. Some of his films survived (Phantom & Hunchback) while a lot of others he made didn't. And getting into the movies was a lot cheaper at only 5 cents back then compared to what it is now days, so everyone who could probably went.

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