Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Adventure of the Wrong Santa Claus - 1914


Country: United States
Language: English
Writer: Frederic Arnold Kummer (story)
Stars: Barry O'Moore, Julian Reed and Richard Neill
Release Date: 19 December 1914 (USA)
Also known as: Octavius, the Amateur Detective #12: The Adventure of the Wrong Santa Claus (USA - series title); The Adventure of the Wrong Santa Claus: An Adventure of Octavius--Amateur Detective (USA- complete title)
Production Co: Edison Company
Runtime:14 min
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Santa Claus | Amateur Detective | Burglar | Christmas | Train  |  Santa Claus Suit | Unconsciousness | Theft | Gift | Mistaken Identity | Butler | Party | Police | Impersonation
Genres: Short | Comedy | Drama | Romance
The amateur detective Octavius is asked to play 'Santa Claus' at the home of his friends, the Randall family. He picks up a costume and goes to visit them. Although Mrs. Randall already has a 'Santa Claus' costume available, Octavius decides to wear his own. But a burglar sneaks into the house, puts on the other costume, knocks out Octavius, and robs the family. When Octavius comes to, he is determined to catch the criminal. 
Trivia
Worldview Entertainment and the Killiam Collection has released a set of nine early movies about Christmas collectively called "A Christmas Past," with an original score by Al Kryszak. This movie is the fifth one, and has a running time of 14 minutes.
Twelfth, and final episode in the Octavius - Amateur Detective series.
Apparently, the score for this short does not survive; in the version still available on YouTube, its score are the soundtracks of a pair of old Warner Brothers cartoon shorts.

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