Man Who Walks on the Water (1906)
Original title: L'homme qui marche sur l'eau
(Original) L'homme qui marche sur l'eau
(Alternative) A Man Who Walks on Water
(1907) Pathé Frères
(USA, 1908) Pathé Frères
(France, 1907) Pathé Frères
(US Import) Pathé Frères
A small boy coming to a pond sees a man walking on the surface of the water. In terror he runs from the scene and quickly tells his story to a number of villagers. They accompany him to the spot to see for themselves. Sure enough, there is an ordinary looking man, and he is walking on the pond without sinking. Back they all go and spread the alarm. Everybody in their path takes up the cry and soon there is a tremendous mob scurrying through the town. They summon the fire force, the police, and finally they arouse the august mayor himself, who goes with them. A mighty crowd, they go to the road and creep cautiously toward the pond. Suddenly, as they gaze on from points of vantage in the bushes, they see the man walk toward the bank, bearing a basket of fish he had caught on his arm. But what is their surprise when they see that adjusted to his feet are a pair of stilts, on which he had been moving about in the shallow pond.
Source: Moving Picture World
This film makes fun of the idea, grabbed from the Bible, that a man can walk on water - and that, when seen, it has to be a miracle.