Best Comedy Movies of 1899
Will Evans, the Musical Eccentric
Ladies' Skirts Nailed to a Fence
A century before Little Britain's Emily and Florence first assaulted our screens, a pair of equally unconvincing transvestites could be spotted in this short comedy. Our cross-dressing housewives are enjoying a gossip before they're abused by a couple of men. The film doesn't make clear why they deserve this attack, but an accompanying set of cards produced by the production company indicates that the ladies were engaged in a discussion about the then-pressing political issue of women's suffrage.
As in a Looking Glass
In this short film, a white (or pale grey) vertical line bisects the screen; there are two different rooms either side of the line, with different action in each room.
Charlie Wanted the Earth
A couple are making love beneath the window of a cranky old gentleman. There is a handsome window garden above them filled with plants and flowers. The old gentleman throws out a rope upon the lovers to annoy them. They, not knowing what it is, seize it and pull the window garden down upon themselves.
The Tramp's Dream
A tramp dreams he is welcomed in a high-society parlor for tea, only to wake up and be disappointed.