Grandma and the bad boys

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Grandma and the bad boys

Grandma and the bad boys, or The tables turned is a 59-second silent film created in 1900 by Edison Manufacturing Company (1894–1911), owned by the famous American inventor Thomas A. Edison. The film was recorded at 16 frames per second in a single take, probably in Edison's Black Maria studio in West Orange, New Jersey.

Grandma and the bad boys is one of hundreds of short films produced by Edison's studio in that pioneer era of motion picture. It is one of the earliest films in history to feature a spanking scene. The actors are not known.

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The short film takes place in a kitchen and features three characters, grandma and her two grandsons. The mischievous boys play a prank on grandma: they fill a bracket lamp with flour, which they scoop from a flour barrel, and place the lamp back on the kitchen shelf. They hide under the kitchen table to enjoy their practical joke. When grandma, who is short-sighted, takes the lamp from the shelf and lifts the lamp chimney in order to light it, the flour spills all over her head and frock, turning her white in an instant.

Grandma, however, is quick to recover and punish the pranksters. She drags the first boy out from under the table, picks him up, gives him two quick spanks on his bottom and then lifts him up high to dip his head in the flour barrel. Then she plops him on the floor and gives the other boy the same treatment. The film ends with the 'bad boys' sitting on the floor, crying and rubbing their eyes.

Both the plot and the visual composition of the motion picture reminds of the boy's pranks in the work of Wilhelm Busch.

1902 remake[edit]

Apparently a remake of this film with the same title was made in 1902.

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