Typical of the pre-D.W. Griffith Biograph films, Mr. Hurry-Up of New York was the second entry in what was apparently a series. The title character evidently enjoys a nip or two; indeed, he spends 90 percent of the film stewed to the gills. Stumbling and bumbling his way home, Mr. Hurry-Up tries and fails to negotiate a winding staircase. The basic situation was not dissimilar to a central gag in Charlie Chaplin's One AM, which wasn't filmed until 1917. At thirteen minutes, Mr. Hurry-Up of New York was deemed "too long" by the trade magazine Variety.
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