The Crazy Ray (1927)

15 Mar
Director René Clair
Producer Henri Diamant-Berger
Contributors Film Arts Guild, Eastin-Phelan Corp., released by Blackhawk Films
Length 35 minutes
B&W/Color  B&W
UO Library Catalog description: none
Call # Mb154
Genre feature
Rare  No (available online and on DVD)
Online  Yes
Copyright status Public Domain
Physical condition Poor
Oregon-related  No


The Crazy Ray (1925), also titled “At 3:25” and “Paris qui dort”, is a short film about an Eiffel Tower nightwatchman who finds that all of Paris is frozen in time. He meets up with a group of Parisians who evaded this strange phenomenon, and the they celebrate their newfound freedom by eating at a restaurant, taking money, wearing fancy clothes, and living in the Eiffel Tower.

René Clair is one of the most celebrated French filmmakers of the silent era. His most notable films include And Then There Were None and Le Silence est d’or, which both won Best Picture at the Locarno International Film Festival. His film A nous la liberté (1936) created some controversy when Charlie Chaplin released his film Modern Times (1936). Modern Times contained some similarities to Clair’s film, including the conveyor belt scenes. Clair showed great admiration for Chaplin, and said that if Chaplin did get any inspiration from his film, that it would be an honor. Clair, not wanting to participate in any legal recourse, settled out of court.

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