Reel of extracts from a retrospective documentary tracing the development of moving pictures.
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A scene from "The Perfect Lady" (according to intertitle but is probably "The Woman"). A husband and his friend arrive home to find Charlie in the parlour with the wife and daughter. Charlie is invited to meet the father. Fight ensues, much slapstick and melodramatic acting. Daughter sprays him with a soda siphon and at some point he loses his trousers. He runs out into the street and a woman faints as she sees him without any trousers on. This last shot may not be in the longer version.
Little Tich is shown doing a tap dance routine with his big shoes on - they look like flippers. C/U of him making faces through a pair of curtains.
"Never Touched Me" (1919) Harold Lloyd, Harry Pollard and Bebe Daniels star in a Pathe film. Bebe does a sexy cabaret dance. Harold, Harry and other suitors arrive at her house. One of the men drops a banana skin outside the house and slapstick ensues. A blacked up man in drag pushes a pram. He slips on the banana skin, the pram is pushed backwards and forwards, knocking over the black maid and Harold Lloyd. Inside the house Bebe calls for her suitors. Harold plays it all coy but accidentally treads on her foot. Bebe acts in an extremely salacious manner. She grabs him and kisses him. One of the other men sees this through the keyhole. The other suitors come into the boudoir and much slapstick ensues involving a collapsible chair. The men slap each other, Harold ducks out of the way.
See other record for this film and more complete "Flashbacks" - full version.