AN EXTRAORDINARY CAB ACCIDENT (1903)
Article 5205 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Walter R. Booth and Robert W. Paul
What it is: Comic trick short
A man is run over by a horse-and-buggy when he crosses the street. The cop catches the driver, but is the pedestrian dead?
There’s not much to write about on this one-minute short, either in terms of its plot (it’s basically a joke story with a punch line) or its fantastic content (which is the punch line itself). Suffice it to say that the story involves either accelerated healing or resurrection from the dead. Oops, did I give away the ending without a spoiler warning? Well, so be it, but when the movie’s this short, it’s unavoidable. Still, it plays its surprise ending fairly well.