Jul 11, 2018
The Adventure of the Wrong Santa Claus (1914) (part 3 of 3)
Inside the studio set… um, I mean, the train, the burglar takes a seat. What’s meant to happen is this: Octavius bursts in, runs up, and grabs for the basket of presents. A conductor sees the brawl, breaks it up, and sends Octavius to a different part of the car.
What actually happens is this: Octavius bursts in with a conductor right behind him. He grabs for the presents, and the conductor grabs him. And cut. It’s just so hurried that it’s impossible to tell what’s happening on a single viewing. I know that the film reel was only ten minutes long, but maybe, just maybe, they’d have more time for the action sequences if they cut three minutes from the letter opening.
The title card tells us, “Having failed in his first attempt, Octavius waits patiently.” We see Octavius waiting patiently. His eyes are focused like a laser on the burglar. Except for when he forgets what he’s doing, and looks out the window.
The train stops and everyone files out. Oddly, Octavius gets off before the burglar. He even turns his back on him to do so. It’s sad that people today don’t trust criminals like they used to.