Best Comedy Movies of 1906
The '?' Motorist
A magical glowing white motorcar ignores policemen, drives up buildings, flies through outer space, and can transform into a horse and carriage.
A Lively Quarter-Day
A conjurer makes furniture return from the bailiff's.
The Impossible Convicts
Four prisoners, in convicts' stripes, march backwards down stairs and, under the watchful eyes of guards, hop backwards into their cells. Later, one overpowers a guard and springs his three pals. But, will they be able to pull off an escape? Other guards come to the aid of their fallen comrade before all four felons can flee. Guards and convicts spring forward and backward out of cells, up and down stairs, and into and out of freedom.
A jealous husband arrives in the office of Hawkshaw, a private detective. The husband is certain that his wife is being unfaithful, and he wants the detective to produce photographic evidence. The detective tails the wife, and thinks he has caught her, but a sudden mishap prevents him from getting a photo. Despite this and further setbacks, the dedicated detective presses on, determined to fulfill his assignment.
How the Office Boy Saw the Ball Game
An office boy plays hooky from work so he can watch a ballgame perched high atop a telephone pole. Includes footage of an actual baseball game as if seen through a telescope.
Is Spiritualism a Fraud?: The Medium Exposed
Men expose a fake medium's tricks and take revenge.
Victime des créanciers
Yes, I understand that everyone gets a little behind occasionally, but when the stout, well-dressed man is woken by his servant to deal with the creditors, I tend to be a bit more sympathetic to them than him. When they rise from the soup tureen to demand their just moneys, I wonder why he didn't sell the tureen and pay them. Even when they rise from the nether regions of the lavatory en masse.
And the Villain Still Pursued Her, or, the Author's Dream
A writer of tawdry fiction falls asleep at his desk and dreams of a romantic rivalry-- One likely as familiar to film fans then as it is now-- But things take a turn for the bizarre when our hero is shot in the head. An ambitious and hilarious parody of melodramatic tropes from pioneer Blackton.
Andre Deed is moving out, so he has hired some guys with a cart to move his stuff...... and they have a drink to seal the deal. They load his cart...... and they have a drink..... in short, but the time this is over, Deed is pretty loaded too in this amusing comedy.
Les malheurs de Madame Durand
Madame Durand goes for a walk and is oblivious to practically everything. She ends up making a nuisance of herself again and again. It's so bad that she eventually even walks into an open sewer and falls down inside. She can't find her way out and wanders until she's overcome with fatigue. When she awakens, she has rats crawling on her! Eventually, despite herself, she is rescued and returns home....and you can only assume she learned absolutely nothing!
Richesse d'un jour
A rich man receives money and loses his wallet in a park. He finds her a tramp who begins to spend all the money with no sense, to lose everything.
Trois sous de poireaux
A drunk man is going to buy more drink at his wife's expense, which he takes advantage of to get more drunk.
Cache-toi dans la malle !
A woman receives her lover at home but the husband arrives having to hide him in a trunk. They go on a trip and the porters do not treat the trunk very well.
Voilà mon mari
Her husband goes away on a business trip. Her lover appears. However, before they can begin their affair, there is a knock on the door. He hides in a dirt chest. When the maid is gone, he comes out. There is a knock on the door. He hides in a filthy closet. When the gossip is gone, he comes out. There is a knock on the door....
A man dancing at a party finds one of his socks has fallen down. Retreating where no one can see him, he removes the offending item. the consequences are not long in coming in this very short -- two minutes -- comedy from Alice Guy.
Bobby and His Family
A clown creates a giant version of his face, and then retrieves two miniature versions of himself from his luggage.
Les malheurs de monsieur Ducornard
When the story begins, a man is called out of town after receiving some sort of letter. On his way to the train station, all sorts of problems happen. First, a man knocks him down and threatens him (you later find it is the wife's lover coming to see her as her husband leaves), his carriage loses a wheel, a group of women beat him up for no particular reason, he crashes into a table at a cafe and the patrons attack and much, much more. In the end, he misses his train and returns home...only to find burglars in his home and the pair tie him up. What could possibly happen next??
Le choix d'une bonne
This maid breaks the dishes, so it's off to the employment office. The next one tries on her mistress's clothes and gets kissed by the master, so it's back to the employment agency. The third...
Mésaventures de chasse
A man goes out duck hunting, but everything goes wrong, just like the title indicates.
Les mésaventures d'un tonneau
A drunk crawls into a barrel. Some boys push the barrel into the street, where it rolls hither and yon for five minutes of screen time, doubtless with the same scientific curiosity of people observing the old woman who swallowed a fly; we don't know why either started the whole process.
La vengeance du clerc de notaire
A notary's clerk and the cleaning woman play a trick on their employer. This earns the clerk a box on the ears. They up the stakes by writing letters that bring every hunchback, cripple and slob crowding into the office.
Le billet de logement
Two soldiers appear at a private house and demand lodging.
Histoire d'un pantalon
When his wife gives to the ragman a pair of tan trousers in which all his money is kept, a man proceeds to rip the trousers off everyone he meets.
Les gaietés du divorce
There have been a lot of comedies about divorce, perhaps more than serious movies about the subject. This seems to be the earliest one I have seen/ As a result of its age, that makes it particularly simple in tone, taking pleasure in the argumentation.
Les six galants dragons
Half a dozen dragoons attempt to pick up half a dozen nursemaids in he park. Alas, officers come by. It happens again with some women out shopping, but even he officers are outranked when the husbands show up.
A bunch of peasants in their holiday best are trying to cross the border, but Homeland Security or whatever they call it is on guard. Should they shoot him before he can build a wall? No need! There's a pretty girl,p willing to go into his sentry box with with him.
Pitou get some leave, so he goes to see his girlfriend, the cook at a house. When her other boyfriend comes in, she makes Pitou hide in the coal bin/garbage can, with the typical results for a slapstick comedy.
The Curate's Dilemma
A curate sits on an anthill at a picnic.
The Saucy Magazine
A comedic short by Gaumont.