Making Sausages (1897)

Article 4426 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 1-21-2014
Directed by George Albert Smith
Cast unknown
Country: UK
What it is: An expose of the meat industry

Several cooks use a sausage machine to make sausages out of animals (and other things) they find.

There seems to be a fair amount of early silent shorts involving sausage-making machines, and given how many I’ve seen, many of them seem extant, though not easy to find. This one is very short and pretty bare bones – three cooks work on the machine while a fourth keeps coming in with new animals to feed into it. There’s no real plot, and, outside of the fact that the sausage machine has an exit for the animals to get out (I assume), no real special effects. Let’s face it; there’s only so much you can do with an idea like this.

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