Thompson's Night Out (1908)

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The French-based Gaumont company churned out quite a few brief comedies in their New York headquarters. One of these was Thompson's Night Out with the Police, a domestic farce probably inspired by Biograph's "Jones Family" series. Somewhat the worse for drink, Mr. Thompson is weaving his way home late one evening when he is accosted by a pair of uniformed policemen. The cops want to escort Thompson home, but he's too far gone to give them his address. Rifling through Thompson's pockets, the officers find several business cards with names and addresses. After taking our hero to the wrong house five times in a row, the weary gendarmes drag Thompson to the station house, where he spends a peaceful night snoozing away in a comfy cell.

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alcoholism, police