Good Glue Sticks (1907)

aka La colle universelle
Article 4686 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 11-19-2014
Directed by Georges Melies
Featuring Georges Melies
Country: France
What it is: Comic short

A street vendor selling a super form of glue is closed down by two policemen. The street vendor seeks revenge, and you can do some mischief with super glue.

The fantastic content is the super-glue. That being said, this seems to be one of Melies’s shorts that is more interested in comic mischief than special effects; there’s a couple of minor trick moments in this one, but that’s about all. The comic content is pretty obvious; we get scenes of people getting stuck to things due to the super-glue, which is mildly amusing but hardly inspired. This is not essential Melies.


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