This is the Pathéscope version of the Hal Roach production « It’s a gift » starring Snub Pollard.
This is a video transfer I made from a Pathé Baby film. The only clue to the origin was the name beneath the end title : mr.Z.Rollini.
Z. Louis Rollini was a filmwriter who wrote many films in different genres between 1908 and 1918. His brother was the famous french pioneer director Ferdinand Zecca. Rollini worked amongst others together with star comedian Max Linder.
This short film was published in the 1930’s on a 30ft Pathéscope reel with the (alternative) title « getting his Man ». It is an excerpt of an unknown drama film showing a Mountie catching the bad guy with incredible stunt action.
The Wrecker is a British film that tells the story of a crook who organises train crashes to discredit the railway, in favour of a rival bus company. The stunts in this film were groundbreaking for 1920s British cinema A scene wich has been discribed as « the most spectacular rail
crash in cinema history » was recorded by 22 cameras.
Once thought lost, this rediscovered film has been
restored and newly released in 2009, 80 years after its premiere. It was not seen for seventy years.
This video shows a transfer of my 9,5mm Pathéscope version of the movie.
(The complete 74 minute version of The Wrecker is released on DVD by Strike Force Entertainment.)
Video transfer from a Pathéscope reel. This was the sixth episode of Hall Roach’s Our Gang series. The original title was « Saturday Morning » 1922
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