Film, Video The serenaders /

Format Film, Video
Dates 1899
Location United States
Language English
Subjects Clarinetists
Silent Films
Street Musicians
United States
The serenaders /
Opens on a stage set of a two-story brick building. Two street serenaders in rather shabby clothes stand outside the building, one playing a trombone and the other what appears to be a clarinet. A young woman appears in the upstairs window and looks down smiling on the two suitors. She soon favors and encourages the trombonist by throwing kisses and clutching her chest, while clearly rebuking the other. The rejected clarinetist angrily kicks the successful serenader in his rear, propelling the trombone player up to the woman's window in an effect that appears to be achieved through stop motion and running the film backwards. The failed suitor howls in pain and hops around holding his foot, while the trombonist sits on the window sill in the arms of the woman and shakes off his competitor's attempts to pull him to the ground.
From Biograph picture catalogue, Nov. 1902 [MI], p. 27: 28 feet. Two grotesque minstrels are seen playing beneath a fair lady's window. She appears, and encourages one of them. The disappointed minstrel thereupon kicks the favored suitor with such force that it lifts him up to the second story window, and into the arms of the lady. This effect is very cleverly worked out, and makes a very amusing situation.
Created / Published
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, [1899?].
Subject Headings
-  Courtship--United States--Drama
-  Street musicians--United States--Drama
-  Trombonists--United States--Drama
-  Clarinetists--United States--Drama
-  Women--United States--Drama
-  Silent films
-  H23801 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Nov1902; H23801.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer.
-  Bitzer is listed as cameraman on the Biograph Co. prod. records [MI], but the AFI catalog and Biograph bulletins, 1896-1908, both credit F.S. Armitage.
-  Approximate release date of May 1899 from AFI catalog.
-  Duration: 0:26 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. 1034; code name (for telegraphic orders) Furtificis.
-  NCN046341; The serenaders.
-  Filmed May 25, 1899, on the roof of 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. 51.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Received: 2/2/95 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 12/29/94 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 11/11/02; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
1 reel of 1 (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 roll (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number
FEC 2270 (ref print)
FPC 4630 (dupe neg)
LC 653a (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
varsmp 0653
Library of Congress Catalog Number

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