Pompey's Dream (1909)
Original title: Le Rêve de Pompassiot
(Original) Le Rêve de Pompassiot
(USA, 11. August, 1909) Pathé Frères
(US Import, 1909) Pathé Frères
Pompassiot falls asleep in the vineyards of the Lord and sees himself appointed to the job of gardener in the said vineyards. St Pierre guides him in his work. But now the good Saint having fallen asleep, Pompassiot takes the opportunity to steal the keys to the cellar from him and goes to taste the wines of the Lord. St Peter indignantly drives him out of Paradise. Pompassiot collapses in hell. Demons force him to fan the flames. Pompassiot having asked them to drink, they rush on him armed with a funnel and make him absorb so much vinegar that his stomach bursts. It is on this impressive punishment that Pompassiot wakes up and swears to drink no more.
Source: Pathe Freres - Translated
After many trials and narrow escapes, Mr. Pompey, who has been out celebrating, returns home in an over-happy mood caused from imbibing too freely in the distilled juice of the luscious grape. When he enters his home he meets with a strenuous tirade from his wife for his unbecoming conduct. Disgusted, the woman leaves the room, after which Pompey throws himself upon the bed and is soon in slumberland. In the next picture we get a view of his inner thoughts, for his dreams, which are a droll conglomeration of events, are shown upon the screen in an amusing fashion. He imagines that he is lifted bodily out of bed and dragged up through space into heaven. Arriving at the golden gate, he is confronted by Peter, who admits him within the portals of the glittering paradise, where everything coincides with Pompey's ideas of what a paradise should be. His first trip in the home of bliss is down to the wine cellars, where, thinking that he will be in his glory, he starts elucidating his favorite brand. It proves to be a little more difficult than he anticipated, for he is informed that he must show his true value as a good worker before he will be allowed to taste of the private stock. Pompey agrees to do whatever is required, so old Peter gives him a job keeping the golden pavement clean. Soon Peter falls asleep and Pompey steals his bundle of keys, one of which admits him to the wine cellar. He is having the time of his life when he is discovered by Peter and some more of the elite, who take him into another room and proceed to give him all the wine that he can hold. They throw him on a table and pour the wine down his throat, and just as one of the party jumps on him, Pompey awakens from his terrible nightmare. At that juncture his wife enters the room, and is pleased to see Pompey breaking all the loaded wine bottles in the place and taking to water as his future beverage.
Source: Moving Picture World
Heaven (also scene 9, but different scene)
St. Peter, does Pompey the honors of the place. - He shows him the cellars - Pompey is amazed. Don't touch especially I - Pompey promises - They go out.