The X-Ray Fiend  (1897)

6.1 / 10

Country United Kingdom

Genre Short, Comedy

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Dave Sindelar | Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings | | English

THE X-RAY FIEND (1897)Article 3330 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-10-2010
Posting Date: 9-26-2010
Directed by George Albert Smith
Cast unknown
A man gets fresh with a woman, but they're both unaware they're being viewed through x-rays by a passerby with an x-ray machine.
Pretty simple trick film; while the man and the woman interact, the fiend of the title points his x-ray camera at them, and suddenly we see skeletons in their place.  The skeletons are played by people in skeleton suits.  They appear to be unaware how they look, and I don't know if the x-ray part of the short has anything to do with the eventual result of the man's attempt at seduction, but given that the movie is only one minute long, I see no reason to pursue it that much further.  It's a very early trick film by someone other than Melies, and that gives it a certain novelty value in itself.

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Release Date: 01 Oct 1897 (United Kingdom) See more

Also Known As: GB See more