Friday, April 13, 2012

The Clown and the Alchemist - 1900

Country: United States
Release Date: November 1900 (USA)
Filming Locations: Vitagraph Studios - 15th Street & Locust Avenue, Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Production Co: Edison Manufacturing Company
Plot Keywords: Clown | Magic | Apparition | Magician
Genres: Comedy | Fantasy | Short
Although we are led to believe that the ancient alchemists were all powerful, this picture somewhat reverses the order of things. The clown plays some wonderful pranks on the old professor. He appears in numerous startling positions, using his club with great effect and always escaping punishment. At last the alchemist brings his magic power into use, and calling two hooded assistants, orders a large cauldron brought in. The climax, by which the clown finally disposes of the alchemist, is startling in the extreme.   

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