- Title: CF601
00:31:32 - 00:35:30
Titles: 'The Great Hokum Mystery.' Mad scientist - big white hair - electric saw cutting into skull. Girl embraces / hugs him in lab. Nice shots man lecturing - old-fashioned science lecture hall - performing hypnotism experiment on man - applause.
00:35:30 - 00:39:20
Two men and a woman plotting at table - villains. Usher ( white coat ) brings note down to professor / hero while he is doing experiment - nice angry reaction MCU. Bizarre experiment; makes man tightly grab his own bottom, bends him back slightly and lays him on table - several men stand on him. Success - applause. Brings man out of hypnotic spell and comically unclenches his hands from bottom again.
00:39:20 - 00:41:22
V'shots people getting into cars, driving down street, pulling up to house. Three men force their way into house - struggle / fight with mad scientist, girl and hero. Girl pushes man over banister - he puts coat over her head and carries her out of house - kidnap.
00:41:22 - 00:45:57
Hero and mad scientist carry a villain into laboratory, nice scene as hero hypnotises him - slowly sits up then lays back down. Hero jumps fence, sneaks through trees - man with gun stops him, hero hypnotises him and takes gun away. Nice MS as man comes out of hypnotic spell. Int. house - sliding doors, trap doors, people sneaking around. Hero shoots man hanging through trap door in ceiling - he falls to floor. Hero and girl read secret codebook. Villain man wakes up and grabs girl - struggle. Metal screens come together in middle of room trapping hero.
00:45:57 - 00:49:26
V'shots hero banging on metal screens and walls. Villain trying to romance girl - jealous villain woman looking on. Man and woman argue. Girl opens trap door, screens open and hero escapes. Girl's dress gets caught in closed trap door - burns / rips dress to escape.
00:49:26 - 00:54:10
Several policemen run and get into cars. Girl sneaking / running around house hiding from villains. Girl climbs out window. Two cars full of policemen and the hero arrive. Villains in house panic - nice shots ( LS and MS ) police sneaking up to front of house. Int. Villains pushing buttons, furniture moving, girl pushed down through trap door. Police begin searching house - villains leave by secret door. Hero runs after but the villains get away in a car! Comic end titles: 'Well folks! Don't say we didn't warn you…' Unexpected ending; the villains win.
- Keywords:USA, SILENT COMEDY, SLAPSTICK, COMIC, COMEDY SHORTS
- Master Title:CF601