Strange Adventure of a New York Drummer (1899)

Article 4270 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 7-22-2013
Directed by Edwin S. Porter
Cast unknown
Country: USA
What it is: Haunted Inn Melies imitation

A New York drummer finds himself in a strange room where people and furniture disappear and reappear.

The first strange thing I noticed is the lack of the word “a” in the title between “of” and “New”; it makes it sound like New York Drummer is the guy’s name, or that there’s only one drummer in New York. What’s less strange is that this is another variation on a standard Melies setpiece; it’s the haunted room where items and people appear and disappear magically. Still, despite being a retread, it does have a couple of novel moments, such as one where a visitor (the landlord or hotel manager, I guess) stuffs the guest in a trunk. This is a fairly standard entry in the early years of special effects cinema.


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