Film, Video Arabian gun twirler /

Format Film, Video
Dates 1899
Location United States
Language English
Subjects Amusements
Silent Films
United States
Arabian gun twirler /
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 gun in front of him, above his head, behind his back, to the side of his torso, and under his leg; and twirling the rifle as he switches hands.
From Edison films catalog: An interesting exhibit by Hadji Cheriff, of the original Midway Plaisance. Twirls his rifle over shoulder, behind back, under leg, both hands and one hand. 50 feet. $7.50.
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1899.
Subject Headings
-  Firearms
-  Tricks
-  Arabs--Games--United States
-  Amusements--United States
-  Silent films
-  20770 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20Mar1899; 20770.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Performer: Hadji Cheriff.
-  Duration: 0:40 at 18 fps.
-  Materials listed originate from the paper print chosen best copy of two for digitization; for other holdings on this title, see the M/B/RS Paper Print database.
-  Portion of summary from K.R. Niver, Early motion pictures, 1985, p. 11.
-  Cheriff was apparently a performer on the Midway Plaisance of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, perhaps in the "A Street in Cairo" or Turkish village exhibits.
-  Code name (for telegraphic orders) Unbought.
-  NCN046277; Arabian gun twirler.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 49; AFI cat.: film beginnings, 1893-1910, 1995.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Received: 1/21/94 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 6/16/93 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 3/20/1899; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
1 reel of 1 (45 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (45 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 roll (45 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number
FEC 2487 (ref print)
FPE 8484 (dupe neg)
LC 1301a (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
varsmp 1301
Library of Congress Catalog Number

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