Format Film, Video
Dates 1905
Location United States
Language English
Subjects Behavior
Social Conflict
United States
Upper Class
Vapor Baths
The burglar's slide for life /
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1905.
Subject Headings
-  Burglars--United States
-  Watchdogs--United States
-  Tramps--United States
-  Vapor baths--United States
-  Upper class--United States
-  Women--United States
-  Dogs--Behavior--United States
-  Escapes
-  Social conflict--United States
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 28Apr1905; H60117.
-  Performer: Mannie, the Edison dog.
-  Duration: 2:57 (part 1) and 2:34 (part 2) at 16 fps.
-  From Edison films catalog: The first scene shows the interior of a room in an apartment house. A burglar enters and seeing a portable vapor bath in the corner of the room gets into it to hide. Presently two ladies enter. One is the lady of the house and she is evidently showing her friend through the rooms. The new vapor bath interests her friend, so she lights the lamp and explains how it is operated. Soon the steam begins to come out of the top of the bath. Out jumps the burglar, carrying the cloth sides with him, and makes his escape by jumping through the window. The ladies now call the dog, who rushes into the room and follows the burglar. In jumping out of the window the burglar seizes a clothes line stretched from the house to a pole in the back yard and endeavors to reach the ground by a succession of slides from floor to floor. In the meantime the dog follows suit and finally overtakes the burglar in mid-air and securely fastens his teeth in the burglar's trousers. They both finally drop to the ground together and after a struggle the burglar manages to free himself and climbs to the top of a ten-foot fence. The excitement has aroused the whole neighborhood and in every back yard window a man or woman is leaning out, cheering and yelling encouragement to the dog. Reaching the top of the fence the burglar stops to get his breath and imagining himself perfectly safe he turns round and puts his fingers to his nose. In an instant the dog is after him again and before he can move the dog leaps to the top of the fence and pulls him back into the yard. While the dog keeps his hold the women beat the burglar with brooms, to the intense delight of all. 265 Ft. $39.75.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Before the nickelodeon, 1991, p. 311-12; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 288, July 1906, p. 35 [MI].
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
1 reel of 1 (ca. 265 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 roll of 1 (ca. 265 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number
FEB 9736 (ref print)
LC 1969 (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
edmp 1969s1 1969s2
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