The Maniac Barber (1899)

Article 4854 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 6-25-2015
Director unknown
Cast unknown
Country: USA
What it is: Early trick short

A barber has an eccentric way of giving a shave…

I usually try to avoid spoilers, but when you’re dealing with a 26-second short in which the fantastic content is the central gimmick, there seems little point in not giving it away; the barber removes the customer’s head and shaves it on a nearby table. Why? I’m assuming the light is better over there. At any rate, he re-attaches the head, and the customer, none the worse for wear, pays him. It’s your basic very simple trick short done passably well. Sure, it’s fiction, but to tell the truth, I always shave myself and prefer it that way.

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