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The '?' Motorist

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The '?' Motorist
Directed byWalter R. Booth
Produced byRobert W. Paul
CinematographyRobert W. Paul
Paul's Animatograph Works
Distributed byRobert W. Paul (1906), BFI Video (2005), Kino Video
Release date
October 1906
Running time
3 mins[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom

The '?' Motorist is a 1906 British short silent comedy film, commonly called "The Mad Motorist" or "Questionmark Motorist" and directed by Walter R. Booth.Released in October of 1906, the film features a couple on the run from the police. While running from the police, they end up driving over the policeman, who magically recovers seconds after and continues to run after the car. Soon the couple comes to a building and their car magically drives up the wall, evading the stunned policeman and leaving an amazed crowd behind. The car drives past stars on clouds, around the Moon, and around the rings of Saturn before crashing through the roof of Handover Courthouse. The car drives through the courthouse and outside once more, interrupting the hearing. Outside on the road, a policeman and court officials stop the car which suddenly turns into a horse and carriage. The couple drives off in the carriage victoriously having escaped a ticket. The trick film is "one of the last films that W.R. Booth made for the producer-inventor R.W. Paul," and, according to Michael Brooke of BFI Screenonline, "looks forward to the more elaborate fantasies that Booth would make for Charles Urban between 1907 and 1911, as well as drawing on a wide range of the visual tricks that Booth had developed over the preceding half-decade."[2]

Booth later remade the film as The Automatic Motorist in 1911.

The film has also been compared to the work of George Melies and "The Impossible Voyage."[3]

See also


  1. ^ "The '?' Motorist" – via
  2. ^ Brooke, Michael. "The '?' Motorist". BFI Screenonline Database. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  3. ^ "The '?' Motorist (1906) A Silent Film Review". Movies Silently. 13 April 2018.

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