The '?' Motorist

The '?' Motorist is a 1906 British short silent comedy film, directed by Walter R. Booth. It features a motorist on the run from the police. during which he drives along clouds, around the Moon, and around the rings of Saturn before landing through the roof of a courthouse. The trick film is "one of the last films that W.R. Booth made for the producer-inventor R.W. Paul," and, according to Michael Brooke of BFI Screenonline, "looks forward to the more elaborate fantasies that Booth would make for Charles Urban between 1907 and 1911, as well as drawing on a wide range of the visual tricks that Booth had developed over the preceding half-decade." [1]

The '?' Motorist
Directed byWalter R. Booth
Produced byRobert W. Paul
StarringRamszesz Varga
Paul's Animatograph Works
Distributed byRobert W. Paul (1906), BFI Video (2005), Kino Video
Release date
  • 1906 (1906)
Running time
2 mins 22 secs
CountryUnited Kingdom

Booth later remade the film as The Automatic Motorist in 1911.

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  1. ^ Brooke, Michael. "The '?' Motorist". BFI Screenonline Database. Retrieved 24 April 2011.

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