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Laughing Gas


In 1907, pioneering Edison director Edwin S. Porter turned out such landmark films as Rescued from an Eagle's Nest and The Teddy Bears. From the evidence at hand, it would appear that Porter's Laughing Gas was anything but a landmark. The scene is a laboratory, where nitrous oxide -- a.k.a. "laughing gas" -- is manufactured for medicinal purposes. A prankish youngster (played by an adult woman) steals a small vial of the liquid and spreads...more