|Title ID||8405||Collection ID||1189|
|Title||The Jonah Man; or, the Traveller Bewitched|
|Theme||Early film in the South East Urban Life Transport|
|Keywords||Railway Stations Travel Transport Trains|
|Format||Black & White Silent|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
An unlucky traveler's plans are disrupted by disappearing objects and vehicles in this 1904 film by Cecil Hepworth.
A man puts on his hat and coat, and pulls up a chair to tie his shoelaces, ready to go out. As he sits down his hat and coat dissolve and he stumbles over his chair in confusion, reaching for his coat again. In another room, he slips his jacket on and sits at the table as a maid enters the room with tea and a newspaper. Table and maid start to fade away, reappearing by the fireplace. Startled, he pulls his chair up to the table when the chair moves away too. After falling to the floor he shakes his fist at the chair and moves it back to the table. Sitting once more he takes up a teacup and the newspaper, but when the table vanishes completely it falls to the floor. Out in the street the man hails a stagecoach whose horses disappear when he gets on. When he returns to the street the coach completely vanishes. The next stagecoach disappears as he jumps on, leaving him and his hat, umbrella and case rolling on the dusty ground. He gathers his belongings and runs to the train station. He trips on the platform and the train disappears as it pulls into the station. Another vanishes as it moves past. Walking on he suddenly stops, sitting on his case. Springing up again he starts to swipe at the air, punching and fighting with an invisible force. He slowly fades away, disappearing in a puff of smoke.
Hepworth and Co. was renamed the Hepworth Manufacturing Company in 1904. Hepworth stopped directing films, handing over responsibility to others such as Fitzhamon, who had taken over as 'Stage Manager' from Percy Stow. Stow had left to form the Clarendon Film Company. Fitzhamon left Hepworth in 1912 after eight years to form Fitz Films.