Film, Video A frontier flirtation /

Format Film, Video
Dates 1903
Location United States
Language English
Subjects Courtship
Man Woman Relationships
Practical Jokes
Sexual Behavior
Silent Films
United States
A frontier flirtation /
Other Title
Frontier flirtation, or how the tenderfoot won out
How the tenderfoot won out
Opens on a stage with a painted backdrop of a forest or garden. On a park bench center stage sits a well-dressed woman with a dark veil obscuring her face, holding an open parasol overhead and a closed fan in her lap. A mustached cowboy enters, dressed in fringed chaps, boots, Western hat, neck kerchief, and pistol belt. When he spies the woman, he primps for a moment, arranging his mustache, and then approaches her. The cowboy takes off his hat and bows, then leans into the bench to talk with her. She rebuffs his numerous attempts to take her hand, but finally allows him to lift her veil. The cowboy reacts in horror as an animal face, perhaps a monkey's, is revealed, and then runs off the stage. A stylish gentleman in a suit with a straw boater and cane enters and sits familiarly beside the woman. He reaches over and removes what proves to be a mask as he and the now-beautiful woman have a good laugh. At one point, the gentleman gives her a kiss on the cheek.
From Biograph bulletin no. 55: A Western cowboy attempts to flirt with a veiled young lady sitting on a bench in the garden. After considerable persuasion she is induced to raise her veil, but to the cowboy's amazement she reveals a hideous face. The cowboy leaves in disgust, but his place is quickly taken by a dapper Eastern youth who removes the mask from the girl's face, and the two enjoy a hearty laugh over the cowboy's discomfiture. 52 feet. Class B.
Created / Published
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903.
Subject Headings
-  Disguise--United States--Drama
-  Man-woman relationships--United States--Drama
-  Impersonation--Drama
-  Men--Sexual behavior--United States--Drama
-  Women--Sexual behavior--United States--Drama
-  Cowboys--Sexual behavior--United States--Drama
-  Practical jokes--Drama
-  Courtship--United States--Drama
-  Silent films
-  H36403 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 1Oct1903; H36403.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer.
-  Duration: 0:48 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. 2579; code name (for telegraphic orders) Gatangier.
-  NCN046318; A frontier flirtation.
-  Filmed Sept. 24, 1903, in the Biograph New York City studio.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; AFI cat.: film beginnings, 1893-1910, 1995; Biograph bulletins 1896-1908, 1971, p. 126, 196.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Received: 11/23/94 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 8/10/94 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 10/1/03; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
1 reel of 1 (48 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (48 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 roll (48 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number
FEC 2181 (ref print)
FPE 7682 (dupe neg)
LC 526b (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
varsmp 0526
Library of Congress Catalog Number
Other Formats
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record

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