The Clown and the Alchemist

Director:

T. Edison

Producer:

T. Edison

Year:

1900

Distributor:

Edison Mfg. Co.

Country:

USA

Running time:

80 ft

Genre:

Comedy

Format:

Silent, B&W

Availability:

DVD

Keywords:

Professor, Alchemy, Magicians, Stereotype
Summary:
An elderly and renowned Professor of Alchemy finds out what it's like to be the object of his black art when a clown turns the tables on him, making the Professor disappear and reappear in various embarrasing positions. Although the Professor attempts to fight back with some alchemy of his own, his powers are no match for those of his presumed inferior, who finally disposes of the renowned alchemist with the aid of a huge bubbling cauldron.
Teaching Notes:
Portrayal of professors:
This film is an early example of one of the most dominant stereotypical portrayals of professors in film: The unctuous, elderly expert who receives a comeuppance from an apparent inferior.