Like other Porter "comedies", this is just a single lame gag in different settings, that nonetheless remains lame.
Four years after Porter's Great Train Robbery made the emblematic shot famous, he returns to it here with no significant
development. They remain essentially outside the narrative (unlike Jack Frawley's 1904 Bold Bank Robbery), acting merely as a
burlesque attraction (see
Laughing Gas: The Close-Up and Racial Spectacle for an
Alice Guy-Blaché's Madam's Fancies shows just how conservative Porter's technique was at this stage. Madam's Fancies
and Laughing Gas are closely related:
- Both films were released in the same month
- Both films exhibit the disruption caused by an uninhibited woman moving through the town
- Both films use medium shots of the lead character
But Madam's Fancies, unlike Laughing Gas, integrates the medium shots into the narrative as actual closeups (following the
lead of George Albert Smith's 1903 Mary Jane's Mishap - another exhibit of a willful woman's disruption).
Cinema was progressing, but Porter steadfastly stuck to his old ways.