Film, Video Grandma and the bad boys /

Format Film, Video
Contributors Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Thomas A. Edison, Inc
White, James H. (James Henry)
Dates 1900
Location United States
Language English
Subjects Boys
Conduct of Life
Lamp Chimneys, Globes, Etc
Practical Jokes
United States
Grandma and the bad boys /
Other Title
Grandma and the bad boys, or The tables turned
Tables turned
From Edison films catalog: The scene opens in the kitchen which is strewn with cooking utensils, indicating that grandma is busy preparing the Christmas pastry. Two bad boys of the red headed, freckled face type, enter. The mischievous expressions on their faces indicate that they have already planned a huge joke on grandma. One of the boys climbs to the kitchen table and takes down the old kitchen bracket lamp, which is equipped with a very large chimney, the other goes to the flour barrel and scoops out a quantity of flour, pouring it into the chimney of the lamp until it is filled to the top and packed down solidly. The lamp is then replaced in the bracket. Grandma, who is very near sighted enters, scratches a match, removes the lamp chimney for the purpose of lighting up for the evening, when a large quantity of flour falls upon her head, instantly changing her old gingham wrapper into a snow white frock and giving her a general ghost-like appearance. The flour sticks in her hair and fills her eyes, but this is where she turns the tables. Suspecting the bad boys, she immediately looks for them under the old kitchen table where she finds them, as they thought, safely hidden away and enjoying the joke. She grabs them by the heels, and throws them one after the other, head first into the flour barrel. She then sits them down upon the floor very forcibly with their faces toward the audience and they present a very ludicrous appearance in the mad scramble to remove the flour from their eyes and hair. This is a picture which cannot fail to provoke mirth. 60 feet. $9.00.
Contributor Names
White, James H. (James Henry), production.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1900.
Subject Headings
-  Practical jokes--United States--Drama
-  Boys--United States--Conduct of life--Drama
-  Grandmothers--United States--Drama
-  Kitchens--United States--Drama
-  Flour--Drama
-  Lamps--Drama
-  Lamp-chimneys, globes, etc.--Drama
-  Boys--United States--Discipline--Drama
-  D23260 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 21Dec1900; D23260.
-  Duration: 0:59 at 16 fps.
-  Filmed ca. December 1990, probably in Edison's Black Maria studio.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 648; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 65-66 [MI].
1 reel of 1 (ca. 60 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 roll of 1 (ca. 60 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number
FEC 2815 (ref print)
LC 1183 (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
edmp 1183
Library of Congress Catalog Number
Other Formats
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record
Catalog Record

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