This film is part of Free
A tramp steals the clothes from a scarecrow, but when he realises two couples are using its pockets to pass messages, he sees an opportunity.
Comedy 1916 12 mins Silent
Two couples exchange secret messages using the same scarecrow's pockets - what could possibly go wrong? The arrival of mischievous tramp Weary Willie, for one thing... This nicely tinted rural comedy seems to be a 1916 production of Bamforth's of Holmfirth, although the synopsis doesn't quite match the one advertised. Weary Willie (not to be confused with the 1930s American character created by Emmett Kelly) originated as a strip cartoon and appeared in some of Bamforth's earliest films.
It's especially nice to see a complete film from this period including the final close-up or 'emblematic shot' of the protagonist.
1916 on Film
Non-Fiction 1916 1 mins Silent
A humble scrub is all it takes to get these French troops in a lather.
Non-Fiction 1916 14 mins Silent Location: Walney Island
The maiden flight of Britain's first successful rigid airship – just don’t call it a zeppelin…
Comedy 1916 11 mins Silent
Newlywed Tubby fancies another man's typewriter and ends up in hot water with his new wife
1916 8 mins Silent
Preston North End play Liverpool (probably) in a regional football competition during WWI.
Interest film 1916 7 mins Silent
Goat farming, salmon farming and copper mining all feature in this enlightening oddity.
Drama 1916 26 mins Silent
There's shades of Moriarty to the mastervillain in this wartime potboiler.
1926 40 mins Silent
Compelling travel feature edited from footage of the 1925-26 Worsley Algarsson Arctic expedition.
Inside Film 2021 41 mins
In this illustrated discussion, BFI programmer-at-large Geoff Andrew and Catherine Wheatley, the author of two books on Michael Haneke’s work, examine what makes him such a distinctive, important and often controversial cinematic artist.
Inside Film 2021 41 mins
Film critic Carmen Gray and film writer Ela Bittencourt discuss three films by trailblazing Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová.
Inside Film 2021 40 mins
In this discussion, BFI programmer-at-large Geoff Andrew and Sue Harris, Professor of Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London, will focus on three titles to look at what made Malle such a rewarding filmmaker.
Inside Film 2021 38 mins
BFI National Archive curator Will Massa and film critic Beatrice Loayza explore the work of contemporary British filmmaker Joanna Hogg.
Inside Film 2021 47 mins
Writer and activist So Mayer joins filmmaker and critic Alexandra Hidalgo to discuss the work of acclaimed French director and artist Agnès Varda.