Film, Video A wake in "Hell's Kitchen" /

Format Film, Video
Dates 1900
Location Hell's Kitchen
New York
Language English
Subjects Beer
Death, Apparent
Drinking of Alcoholic Beverages
Hell's Kitchen (New York, N.Y.)
Mourning Customs
New York
New York (State)
Silent Films
Wake Services
A wake in "Hell's Kitchen" /
Other Title
Wake in "Hell's Kitchen" [New York City]
Takes place on a rather plain room set, with a single religious picture and a coat hanging from the plain, white walls. An open coffin sits in the center of the room, with its lid leaning against the back wall. An older, grey-haired woman--presumably the widow--stands holding a bunch of flowers to the left of the coffin, wailing and wiping away her tears with her apron. On the other side of the coffin sit two male mourners in three-piece suits, drinking beer. As the two men talk and light a pipe and the woman turns away in her grief, the occupant of the coffin--an older, balding man--sits up and looks around. He spies a large mug of beer to the side, picks it up, drinks all of the ale, and lies back down. When the woman places her flowers in the coffin, she notices the empty mug and questions the two mourners. The three engage in a heated argument, during which the "corpse" throws the flowers out of the coffin. Seeing this, the woman falls in a faint. In their hurry to get away, the two men knock over the coffin, spilling the supposed deceased on top of the woman.
From Biograph picture catalogue, Nov. 1902 [MI], p. 39: 30 feet. This scene is laid in the parlor of a New York tenement. Two watchers at the wake are smoking and drinking, while the widow is weeping over the coffin. The attention of the three is attracted for an instant, and the supposed corpse rises up, drinks all the beer in the pitcher which is standing on a table nearby, and lies down in the coffin again. The mourners return, and seeing that the beer is gone, engage in a controversy over it. During the scrap the corpse jumps out of the coffin and takes part in the melee.
Created / Published
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, [1900?].
Subject Headings
-  Wake services--New York (State)--New York--Drama
-  Dead--Drama
-  Death, Apparent--Drama
-  Hell's Kitchen (New York, N.Y.)--Drama
-  Coffins--New York (State)--New York--Drama
-  Mourning customs--New York (State)--New York--Drama
-  Drinking of alcoholic beverages--New York (State)--New York--Drama
-  Beer--New York (State)--New York--Drama
-  Silent films
-  H32563 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 12June1903; H32563.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Camera, Arthur Marvin.
-  Approximate release date of July 1900 from AFI catalog.
-  Duration: 0:28 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. 1583; code name (for telegraphic orders) Galbulorum.
-  NCN046357; A wake in "Hell's Kitchen."
-  Filmed July 26, 1900, 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.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Received: 11/16/94 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 7/5/94 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 1/9/95 from LC film lab; masterpos; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 6/12/03; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
1 reel of 1 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 reel of 1 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos.
1 roll (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number
FEC 2146 (ref print)
FPE 7580 (dupe neg)
FPE 7582 (masterpos)
LC 488b (paper pos)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
varsmp 0488
Library of Congress Catalog Number
Other Formats
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record

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