When the Clouds Roll By
The comfortable and amiable Daniel Boone Brown, a resident of New York's water front, becomes the victim of a mad scientist's psychological experiments. For days, Dr. Ulrich Metz messes up Daniel's life, bringing on failing health, restless sleep, a nervous and irritable disposition, tardiness for work, and superstitions that cause worry and fear. Several months into the ordeal, one of Metz's minions, hired as Daniel's livery, feeds him a midnight snack of spring onions, lobster, Welsh rarebit and mince pie. We see the contents of his stomach causing pain and distress; then he has vivid and surreal nightmares. Will Metz succeed in driving Daniel to suicide?
A surreal Douglas Fairbanks comedy. The trick shot where Fairbanks walks up the wall across the ceiling and down the wall was only bettered in the 1950's when Fred Astaire did the same thing, however Astaire wasn't being pursued by his dinner at the time, you really have to see this film to believe it! The dam burst and subsequent flood at the end of the film seems rather over the top and out of keeping with the rest of the film, but is pretty spectacular. A bizarre film one of Fairbanks best pre-swashbucklers!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.