Film, Video Stealing a dinner /

Format Film, Video
Dates 1903
Location United States
Language English
Subjects Animal Welfare
Conduct of Life
Dog Owners
Silent Films
United States
Stealing a dinner /
Other Title
Stealing a dinner by dogs
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 cat off the table as the serving dog exits. The man rings the bell again but gets no response, so he takes off his dinner napkin and leaves the stage. Seeing this, the black dog turns and jumps on the table, where he promptly eats his master's dinner. The black dog then grabs the cat in his mouth and places it on the table. As the man returns to the table, he sees his empty plate and the cat crouched nearby. Thus blaming the cat for the stolen dinner, the man first scolds the feline and then draws a pistol aimed at the "thief." When the black dog sees the gun, however, he jumps on the table between the pistol and the cat, begging on his hind legs for the master to spare its life. The man grabs the dog by the collar, dragging him to the floor, and instead shoots the unlucky dog. A large dog--perhaps a Great Dane--in a policeman's uniform enters on his hind legs, grabs the man by the shoulders from behind, and chases him offstage. The other dogs follow in an excited pack.
From the Biograph picture catalogue, Nov. 1902: 50 feet. Another exhibition by Prof. Leonidas' troop of cats and dogs. One of the dogs is shown stealing his dinner from the table in the master's absence. In order to cover his own crime, the dog places a cat on the table, where she is found when the master comes in. The master shoots the cat, and is promptly arrested by a large dog dressed in policeman's clothes.
Created / Published
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903.
Subject Headings
-  Dogs--Behavior--United States--Drama
-  Dog owners--United States--Conduct of life--Drama
-  Theft--Drama
-  Animal welfare--United States--Drama
-  Pets--United States--Death--Drama
-  Silent films
-  H32633 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 13June1903; H32633.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer.
-  Professor Leonidas and his troupe of dogs and cats.
-  Duration: 0:50 at 16 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.
-  Catalog no. 973; code name (for telegraphic orders) Furgones.
-  NCN046348; Stealing a dinner.
-  Filmed April 28, 1899, on the Biograph rooftop studio in New York City.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; AFI cat.: film beginnings, 1893-1910, 1995; Biograph picture catalogue, Nov. 1902 [MI], p. 58.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  ref print; Received: 11/21/94 from LC film lab; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  dupe neg; Received: 1/6/95 from LC film lab; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  paper pos; Received: 6/13/03; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
ref print. 1 reel of 1 (50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
dupe neg. 1 reel of 1 (50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos. 1 roll (50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number
FEC 2172 (ref print)
FPE 7648 (dupe neg)
LC 480b (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
varsmp 0480
Library of Congress Catalog Number

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