Running 5-minutes, Vitagraph's Mechanical Statues was a "trick" film in the Georges Melies tradition. In the first scene, a sculptor is shown building the human statue, which comes to life after being purchased by an unwary customer. When a button is pressed on its back by a curious servant, the suddenly enervated statue dances around the living room and "escapes" through the front door. Fearing that he'll be blamed for the loss, the servant puts white flour on his face and takes the statue's place. In this guise, the servant scares the bee-jeepers out of his master.
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