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    Ella Lola, a la Trilby / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    A young, dark-haired woman performs a dance inspired by George du Maurier's character Trilby, in an early modern dance style reminiscent of Isadora Duncan. She dances barefoot without stockings and is dressed in a long, flowing gown bound across the bosom in Grecian style, with inside fringe and a draped cape hooked to her wrist. She also wears what appears to be a garland ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
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    Three jumping Tommies / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opening title introduces "Three jumping Tommies in their original acrobatic stunts," with "Tommies" apparently referring to the performers' British military uniform costumes of caps, shirts and ties, knickers to the knees, tights, and short boots. Cuts to a long shot of a stage with a painted backdrop of a garden with fountains. From stage right march three young men; a short boy flanked by ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1920
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    Alphonse and Gaston, no. 3 / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opens on a set of a saloon or tavern with a long bar and pictures on the wall that include boxers, a ballerina, and a reclining female. At the end of the bar stands the bartender, reading a newspaper. Two men dressed as the clownish characters of Alphonse and Gaston enter the bar. Both have dark, bushy hair and beards and wear hats, with ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Visitin' 'round at Coolidge Corners /

    Shows scenes of Calvin Coolidge at his summer home in Plymouth, Vermont, including Coolidge helping out on the neighboring farm of cousin Ed Blanchard; in the "summer White House" above the Plymouth post office; attending church with his father John Calvin, wife Grace Goodhue, and son John; and visiting with his future vice-president, General Charles Dawes. May be a compilation of newsreel footage taken ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1924
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    The serenaders / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opens on a stage set of a two-story brick building. Two street serenaders in rather shabby clothes stand outside the building, one playing a trombone and the other what appears to be a clarinet. A young woman appears in the upstairs window and looks down smiling on the two suitors. She soon favors and encourages the trombonist by throwing kisses and clutching her chest, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
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    As in a looking glass / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opens on a split stage set of two rooms with a door and wall between them. In the living or dining room on the left of the frame, an elderly, bearded man sits at a table, reading the newspaper. In the bedroom on the right, a boy in a suit with short pants attaches a long string to the end of a dresser drawer, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
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    Bicycle trick riding, no. 2 / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opens with a man riding a bicycle in a backwards circle, on a stage with a painted backdrop of a city street. He dismounts, then remounts the cycle and rides in a forwards circle, pausing and balancing for a moment as he rears up and spins the front wheel. Continuing in the circle, the man moves in front of the handlebars and continues pedaling ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
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    Stealing a dinner / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    A man sits at the dinner table, with a row of dogs behind him and a black dog sitting near the table in the foreground. When the master rings a bell for service, a dog enters on her hind legs dressed in a servant's cap and apron. As she hops toward the table, however, a cat jumps upon the surface. The master tosses the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
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    Arabian gun twirler / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    A bearded man performs a rifle twirling act on a stage with a painted backdrop of a city street corner. He wears a white turban and a dark two-piece costume of tunic and baggy pants that narrow at the knees; perhaps the costume of an Arab infantryman. The tricks he performs include throwing the spinning rifle in the air and catching it; twirling the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1899
  • [End of school day at coeducational school] /

    A factual film in which exuberant boys and girls, apparently high school students, walk through the arches of a school building and down the steps. Most of the boys wear caps and most of the girls wear fancy hats and ankle-length or mid-calf length full skirts; many of the students carry books. Two men attired in robes appear. Possibly a scene of graduation day ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1914
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    Kruger and Ward / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opening title introduces "Kruger and Ward, the tall and short of it." The camera iris opens on a stage with a painted backdrop of a canyon and waterfall. Two clowns walk across the stage: a dwarf with a fake bald pate dressed in evening clothes and a top hat, and a tall, thin clown dressed as a woman. The dwarf follows the "woman" with ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1919
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    The chimney sweep and the miller / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Filming of a popular vaudeville gag. Opens on a stage with a painted backdrop of a lake and forest. From opposite sides of the stage enter a chimney sweep, covered from head to toe with black soot and carrying a folding broom and black sack, and a miller, dressed completely in white and carrying a white sack. The two men bump into each other ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1902
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    A ballroom tragedy / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opens on a set of a sitting room, apparently off a ballroom where dancers occasionally can be glimpsed through a curtained entrance stage right. Near the entrance, a young couple in formal attire talk--perhaps angrily--as another couple exit the dancing. The second man introduces his companion--a striking woman in a risqué white gown with a low-cut bodice and bare shoulders--to the other man and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
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    Kawana Trio / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opening title identifies the Kawana Trio as "artistic foot jugglers." The camera iris opens to reveal three Asians--two men and a woman--dressed in kimonos and looking down. They raise their heads and look at the camera, smiling, as the iris closes. Another iris effect opens to a stage with a dark background and a decorated, cushioned platform center stage. The men now wear white ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1919
  • Latina, contortionist /

    A woman wearing a light-colored leotard, gathered at the waist, and tights stands against a black background. Although she is filmed in a long shot, her feet are cut off in the frame. She opens with a flourish of her arms and faces the camera. First stretching up with her arms, Latina then bends in half at the waist, steps into a metal ring ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
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    Birth of the pearl / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Two women dressed in elaborately decorated leotards and white tights stand on the edges of a stage, holding closed a dark curtain. A boy places two signs that read "Birth of the Pearl" in lyre-shaped easels on either side of the stage. The women draw the curtain, revealing a painted backdrop of the ocean and a seashore setting, upon which sits a large, closed ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
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    Dancing boxing match, Montgomery and Stone / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Very short vaudeville turn from the well-known team of Montgomery and Stone. Appears to have been filmed outdoors in front of black paper taped up on a wall as a backdrop. Two men box in a comedic manner, with the film opening as one man in a cap punches the other and then ducks behind him. The second man swings wildly through the air, ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1907
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    Chimmie Hicks at the races / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Filming of a character sketch by the well-known vaudevillian Charles E. Grapewin. On a bare stage backed by a dark curtain, a man dressed in a three-piece suit and overcoat holds a racing program and excitedly watches a race supposedly taking place offstage. With enthusiastic jumping and other delighted pantomime, he makes it clear his horse has won the race. A second man in ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
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    Trapeze disrobing act / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Camera is positioned as if in the audience at a vaudeville or burlesque show. Two men with long hair and beards in rough clothing appear to be eating and talking in a box on the left as a female aerialist sits on a trapeze over the stage and its painted backdrop of trees. Fully dressed in street clothing, the trapezist removes her jacket and ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1901
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    A wake in "Hell's Kitchen" / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Takes place on a rather plain room set, with a single religious picture and a coat hanging from the plain, white walls. An open coffin sits in the center of the room, with its lid leaning against the back wall. An older, grey-haired woman--presumably the widow--stands holding a bunch of flowers to the left of the coffin, wailing and wiping away her tears with ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Kiss me /

    Opens on a stage set of a street with a sidewalk and a high fence completely covered with female burlesque troupe posters. The four posters visible advertise actual contemporary burlesquers Fred Irwin's Majestics, Rose Sydell (of her London Belles), Phil Sheridan's New City Sports (with the tag line "Ain't we three birds"), and the Rentz-Santley Co. One of the center posters--that for Rose Sydell--features ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
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    Happy Hooligan / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Opens on a stage set of a house exterior, complete with a door, window, and ivy on the walls. In front of the house, an organ-grinder plays as Happy Hooligan listens and claps along merrily. The Hooligan character is dressed as a tramp in a ragged and torn suit, and sports a bald pate with an incredibly tiny hat perched atop it. A middle-aged ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1903
  • Latina, dislocation act /

    Opens with a repeat of the last scene in "Latina, contortionist." In a medium shot from the bust up, Latina faces the camera and interlaces her fingers with her arms held out in front of her, palms towards the camera and elbows pointed out. In that position, she raises her arms over and behind her head and then down her back, dislocating her shoulders ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1905
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    A nymph of the waves / Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Superimposition of a woman dancing over footage of crashing waves from the rapids of Niagara Falls. The woman wears a frilly, perhaps feather-trimmed, white dress with a low-cut bodice, a matching feathered hat, white stockings, and white ballet slippers. She holds up her skirt through the entire dance, revealing her ankles and lower legs as well as a flash of a garter above the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1900
  • Jumbo, the trained elephant /

    Camera iris opens from black to a smiling man standing in front of an elephant, who is seated on her haunches on a stool with her front legs raised in the air. They are apparently on a stage with a painted backdrop of a forest. The man gives the elephant a treat, who then stands as the iris closes. Another iris effect opens on ...

    • Contributor: [Commonwealth Pictures Corp
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1919

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