A Novice at X Rays

Director:

G. Méliès

Producer:

G. Méliès and S. Lubin

Year:

1898

Distributor:

Georges Méliès

Country:

France

Running time:

65 ft

Genre:

Comedy

Format:

Silent, B&W

Availability:

Lost film

Keywords:

Professor, Inventors, Mad scientist, Medicine
Summary
When a Professor attempts to use his new invention on a patient, things don't go as planned: The man's skeleton leaves his body and his clothes sink to the floor. Fortunately, the professor is able to restore his patient to his normal state. However, when he insists on being paid for the fiasco, the indignant patient engages the Professor in a scuffle, causing the X-Ray machine to fall off its table and explode.
aka Les rayons Röntgen
Teaching Notes
Portrayal of professors:
A good example of the "trick" film, which often featured a professor as the protaganist. The mad scientist-inventor-professor film is a direct desendant.