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Subub Surprises the Burglar

SUMMARY Opens on a bedroom set, with a man in a white nightshirt asleep on a Murphy bed. The bedroom window is raised from the outside, and a man dressed in black clothes and cap enters, furtively looks around the room, and checks to see that the bed's occupant is asleep. The burglar then rummages through the clothes in a chest of drawers and, finding nothing of interest, turns to the homeowner's pants near the bed. As the burglar finds and pockets a wallet, Subub awakes, sees the burglar, and activates the bed so that it closes up into the wall. The underside of the Murphy bed appears to be metal, with what look to be six canon or gun holes. As the burglar turns and notices the folded bed, gunfire shoots from the bed's portholes. With the sixth and final shot, the burglar blows up and disappears in a cloud of smoke, through the use of stop-motion cinematography. An American flag is raised from the top of the curious weapon and the bed unfolds, with Subub gleefully clapping and waving his arms. From Edison films catalog: Picture shows bedroom, and man asleep in bed. A burglar raises the window cautiously, climbs in, and proceeds to go through the man's clothes. The man awakes and pulls a lever, closing himself up in the folding bed, the bottom of which is iron-clad, with guns and portholes. The burglar is dumbfounded, and cannot move. Subbubs turns his battery loose, blowing the burglar to pieces. He then raises an American flag on a staff on top of the bed as a signal of victory. The bed opens up again and Subbubs goes to sleep. Length 65 feet. Class B. $7.80. CREATED/PUBLISHED United States: Edison Manufacturing Co., 1903. NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 11Aug1903; H34382. Filmed in Edison's New York City studio. SUBJECTS Burglary protection--United States--Drama. Burglars--United States--Drama. Homeowners--United States--Drama. Dwellings--Security measures--United States--Drama. Beds--United States--Drama. Ordnance--Drama. Silent films. Comedies. Vaudeville. Shorts. Trick films. RELATED NAMES Porter, Edwin S., camera. Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID (m) varsmp[email protected](varsmp+0308))
Length: 01:31


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