A PIPE DREAM (1905)
Article 5245 by Dave Sindelar
What it is: Silent special effects short
A smoking woman causes a little man to appear out of the smoke on to her hand. He begins pitching woo. How will she respond?
This is one that had fallen onto my “ones that got away” list, but has now been rescued from it. When I did my earlier write-up of it, I was rather dismissive of it based on what I knew about the plot at the time, but then, with a one-minute running time, just how much of a plot can you have? Surprisingly enough, there is a bit of a plot, and thanks to an effective performance by the smoking woman, this little short pulls it off with a certain amount of wit. I’m glad this one showed up; it’s much better than I expected it would be.