Format Film, Video
Dates 1901
Language English
Subjects Dinners and Dining
Hallucinations and Illusions
Magic Tricks
Married People
The mysterious cafe /
Other Title
Mysterious cafe, or Mr. and Mrs. Spoopendyke have troubles with a waiter
Mr. and Mrs. Spoopendyke have troubles with a waiter
mysterious cafe, or mr. and mrs. spoopendyke have troubles with a waiter
mr. and mrs. spoopendyke have troubles with a waiter
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1901.
Subject Headings
-  Dinners and dining
-  Restaurants
-  Magic tricks
-  Gravity
-  Married people
-  Hallucinations and illusions
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 16Dec1901; H11495.
-  Camera, J. Stuart Blackton and/or Albert E. Smith.
-  Duration: 1:35 at 16 fps.
-  From Edison films catalog: As the above title indicates, the scene does not take place in an ordinary restaurant, but one in which all natural rules of order and gravitation are reversed. The couple above mentioned have a most trying experience while endeavoring to partake of a square meal. They find themselves flying about the room from chairs to table, and vice versa, until they are both completely bewildered, ending in a general mix-up, which is sure to provoke much merriment. Class B 100 ft. $12.00.
-  Filmed ca. June 1899 to September 1900, on Vitagraph's roof-top studio in New York, New York.
-  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. 624; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 135, Sept. 1902, p. 95 [MI].
1 reel of 1 (ca. 100 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 roll of 1 (ca. 100 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number
FEB 9339 (ref print)
LC 1725 (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
edmp 1725
Library of Congress Catalog Number

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