Billy’s Seance (1911)

Article 4078 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 11-14-2012
Director unknown
Featuring John R. Cumpson and Charles Arling
Country: USA
What it is: Comic revenge short

After attending an impressive seance, Billy decides he wants to hold one himself, which makes him the butt of jokes from his friends. Billy then plans revenge…

The seance has the table going pretty wild in the opening scenes, which is the part of the short that features the fantastic content. After that, it’s mostly a pretty thin slapstick gag involving people being shocked by electricity, the same sort of gag that popped up when I saw LE COURANT ELECTRIQUE. It’s all pretty ordinary and not particularly memorable.


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