The Pathe "trick" film Travels of a Flea was meant to be a comedy but ended up more clever than funny. The film opens at a flea circus, where the manager is frantically searching for a missing "performer." The flea's progress is detailed by the number of scratching, twisting and writhing innocent bystanders whom the little pest visits in the course of his (her?) journeys. Once the basic joke is established, it is beaten -- or rather, scratched -- to death. When Travels of a Flea was shown in New York, a "live" announcer tried to garner extra laughs by insisting that the flea had infested such well-known Broadway luminaries as Victor Moore and Fay Templeton.
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