Grandfather’s Pills (1908)

GRANDFATHER’S PILLS (1908)
aka Les dragees du grand-pere
Article 3541 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-31-2011
Posting Date: 4-25-2011
Director unknown
Cast unknown
Country: France
What it is: Early trick film

A grandfather buys some pep pills to give him vim and vigor, but when a boy tries the pills, it gives him super-powers and he terrorizes the neighborhood.

This one is pretty amusing; the antics of the boy (including throwing cops around like rag dolls and lifting barbells with ease) are rather funny; it’s rather like a slapstick cross between a supervillain and THE BAD SEED. I wonder if this was the first movie about juvenile delinquency. Well, at any rate, this is another movie rescued from the ashes of my “ones that got away” list.

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