MR. HURRY-UP OF NEW YORK (1907)
Article 4214 by Dave Sindelar
What it is: Trick short
Mr. Hurry-up is in a rush to get dressed and eat breakfast so he can get to work and then go to the dentist. Then he goes to a bar and has a little too much to drink…
The title made me expect we were going to have an experiment with early fast-motion photography; I had visions of the title character moving through the world with super-human speed to get everything done, and I still think the opening scenes would have been a lot more amusing had they done that. What I got was a character who, though he is moving as quick as humanly possible, is still moving at speeds that are humanly possible, which was somewhat disappointing. Still, the movie does have fantastic content in the second half, in which the title character gets drunk and undergoes a variation of THE DREAM OF A RAREBIT FIEND; in his inebriated state, keyholes shift around the door, a circular staircase rotates as he tries to climb it, and when he tries to sleep, his bed hops all around the room. The best scene is with the staircase, largely because it’s the most striking visual moment in the short. Nevertheless, I find this one somewhat disappointing, largely because of the missed opportunities.