“But they pooh-poohed the idea.”
Early 20th century inventors show off their wild and wacky creations in original archival footage.
If you’re hoping to see footage of the best unsung inventions of the last century, then this isn’t the movie you’ve been waiting for. If, however, you’re interested in watching oddballs with seemingly indomitable spirits who aren’t afraid to make utter fools of themselves on film, this little-seen documentary may be right up your alley. You’ll witness more variations on primitive (and physically impossible) “flying machines” than you ever thought existed, as well as demonstrations of some truly strange skills — which technically shouldn’t count as inventions, but are included here anyway, presumably for their wackiness factor. The documentary is comprised exclusively of archival footage (with voices dubbed in the silent clips), possesses no voice-over narration, and is accompanied by a surprisingly rocking soundtrack.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- A woman swinging through New York while gripping a rope with her teeth
An excellent soundtrack
No, but this precursor to “America’s Funniest Home Videos” is worth watching at least once.