Hooligan Assists the Magician

Director:

T. Edison

Producer:

Edison Mfg. Co.

Year:

1900

Distributor:

Edison Mfg. Co.

Country:

USA

Running time:

100 ft

Genre:

Comedy

Format:

Silent, B&W

Availability:

DVD

Keywords:

Professor, Magicians
Summary:
The professor-magician is assisted by a stock comic character, Happy Hooligan.
Teaching Notes:
Images of professors in film:
The professor with magical powers is an archetype long predating film, and was a favourite subject of Thomas Edison, probably because these sorts of acts were popular at the carnivals where early films were first presented. Long before
Harry Potter,
the magician-professor had become a common cinematic stereotype of academics.