Best Comedy Movies of 1907
The Haunted Hotel
A traveler stays the night at a rural inn, but gets no rest as he is tormented by various spectres and mysterious happenings.
That Fatal Sneeze
As an older man and a youth are eating at the table, the older man decides to amuse himself by using pepper to make the boy sneeze. Later, the boy retaliates by sneaking into the older man's room and putting pepper in his handkerchief, hairbrush, and clothing. But things quickly get out of hand when the sneezing that results begins to disrupt the whole town.
His First Ride
A nicely-dressed man is riding on a bicycle. When he parks it a hobo quickly steals it, but he is clearly new at riding. He cannot manage to steer in a straight line, and it is not long before he becomes quite a hazard to pedestrians and to others in his path.
The Fur Hat
A soldier with a fur hat hides in a closet.
Sightseeing Through Whisky
John, who loves the bottle a little too much, is one of a group of sightseers. Too drunk to follow the party, the reeling drunkard remains on the site of a ruin where he starts having hallucinations.
Afraid of Microbes
A man who fears the influenza microbe buys an antiseptic spray from a pharmacist. On his way home, he insists on spraying everyone he encounters, including the police.
Boireau's father keeps trying to apprentice him to a different trade. Each time, the youngster annoys the customers and destroys the goods and property.
Our Band's Going to the Competition
An inept marching band heads off to the competition, and then celebrates their surprising victory.
An illustrator draws some sketches at lightning speed. He first illustrates how he can turn a written word into a sketch of that word.
Dancing Boxing Match, Montgomery and Stone
Two men box in a comedic manner, with the film opening as one man in a cap punches the other and then ducks behind him.
The Disintegrated Convict
A metamorphic convict makes his escape.
La course des belles-mères
With a posted prize for the winner of "A superb son-in-law" a bunch of middle-aged women turn out for the obstacle course race in this variation on the typical chse comedy of the era.
The Boy, the Bust and the Bath
A young female boarding house tenant becomes an unwanted object of male attention.
Jealousy and Madness
Behind the elderly husband's back, the lovers kiss and go off together. But is he unaware of their actions. No! So she swears that her husband is mad and as I'mm locked away in a padded cell. That, however, will not end the matter.
Grandeur et décadence d'un chapeau
A lady and her husband leave their home and go to a fashionable millinery, where the lady buys a beautiful hat. From there they go to a restaurant and seat themselves for a meal. The waiter, in serving the soup, stumbles, with the result that he spills the contents of the tureen on the lady's new hat. She is mortified and enraged, and her husband immediately halls a cab and takes her home, where on reaching her room she throws the hat to the ground and falls to weeping. A servant enters, and seeing the mined headgear on the ground, adopts it as her own. She fixes it up to suit her taste and is next seen wearing it as she meets her lover, the policeman. Together they go to a park and seat themselves on a bench, the servant placing her hat beside her. While the couple are busy, a very stout gentleman comes along, seats himself on the hat and proceeds to read his newspaper.
Jack the Kisser
An energetic man steals kisses from passing ladies, until bystanders give chase.
La ceinture magnétique
The wife buys a magnetic belt for her husband to give him more vigor but the power of it makes him pounce on the women with kisses. The belt passes from one to the other with unexpected effects.
Le gendarme a du flair
A gendarme is so tired that he takes off his boots and lies down to rest. A thief who sees the boots runs away but they give off such a bad smell that wherever he passes it causes people to faint from the stench.
Le coucher de la mariée
On their wedding night, the newlyweds are ready to go to bed with the ceremony of taking off their clothes, the bride, and the groom wanting to see what he has not seen yet.
La course au parasol
....and therefore a man leaves the building carrying an umbrella, which promptly blows away. Since no one in Paris has ever seen anything like this before, a dozen people, including a man hobbling along on a a crutch, chase the thing for kilometers -- I had written 'miles' but this is a French comedy.
A workman carries a piece of wood from a lumberyard to a work site. Along the way, he wreaks havoc.
Le cake-walk forcé
While one man holds a gun on him, the other signs a statement that he will dance a cake-walk whenever the other insists; which means, when he is pointing a gun at him.
La chasse à l'automobiliste
A motorist has a breakdown at the entrance of a town where they have never seen a car before, and they ask each other for help to see what it is that has appeared.
The Wooing and Wedding of a Coon
The opening shows a colored nursemaid in the park with baby carriage, and seated on a bench receives the attention of several smart colored men who admire her greatly and endeavor to make her acquaintance. But the dusky belle is coy and declines to make the acquaintance of any of them, until one more fortunate than the rest is invited to a seat on the bench with her, and a most pronounced flirtation takes place between the lady and her beau. (Selig catalog)
The 'Teddy' Bears
A combination of the story of Goldlocks and the Three Bears with the true story of how Teddy Roosevelt spared a bear cub after killing its mother while hunting, an event which led to the popularization of the teddy bear. Goldilocks goes to sleep in the bears' home after watching six teddy bears dance and do acrobatics, viewing them through a knothole in the wall. When she is awoken by the returning bear family, they give chase through the woods, but she runs to the aid of the Old Rough Rider, who saves her.
Liquid Electricity; or The Inventor's Galvanic Fluid
A professor sprays people with 'galvanic fluid', and unleashes pent-up energy. Displays an early use of over-cranking and under-cranking.
The Short-Sighted Cyclist
The cyclist is dispatched upon an important errand, and his humorous and alarming adventures by the way form the subject of this series. Misadventure follows misadventure with great frequency, but the cyclist comes up smiling every time, mounts his machine, and again resumes his journey. Accidents which would maim or kill an ordinary mortal serve only to spur him on to fresh exertions in a mad search for physical inconveniences and dangers, which always present themselves. (Picture World)
The Bank Note
A homeless man comes to the rescue of a rich couple who reward him with a bank note.
Pédalard boit l'obstacle
A biker causes chaos as he rides over every obstacle in his way.
Remember Remember the Fifth of November
Children light confiscated fireworks and set fire to a house.
When We Were Boys
Two old men are talking about the pranks of their youth, which are shown in flashbacks.
A man with a bald head visits a specialist and places an order for an especially strong hair tonic. Late in the evening a messenger is dispatched with the tonic to the purchaser, but, through error, delivers to wrong flat. The contents of bottle, however, are drained by the male contingent of the family and water substituted therefore. Later on we see our friend applying the water to his head and giving liberal massage, but the soil remains as unfertile as ever. Our other friend, however, meets with better results, and he is soon covered with a luxuriant growth of hair. He is exhibited as a man monkey and, playing his part well, proves quite a drawing card with the ladies, when his wife, who is acting as his keeper, proves competent and administers to him a flogging, and one of the feminine members of the affair also comes in for an ample share. (Gaumont catalogue)