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    Buying a cow
    Achat embarrassant | Embarrassing purchase
    An urban husband and wife, walking in the countryside outside Paris, are so impressed with the delicious taste of a cow's milk that they buy the cow and try to bring it back to their Parisian apartment. After many misadventures, the cow is stolen right after they reach their front door.
    • Contributor: Société Des Établissements Gaumont - George Kleine (Firm) - Afi/Marshall (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1908
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    Dud leaves home
    Us fellers: "Dud leaves home" | Goldwyn-Bray Pictographs, no. 7009
    Dud wants to buy his girlfriend Maime an ice cream cone so he breaks open his mother's bank, and splits their last dime in half in the process. His mother punishes him so he runs away. Dud is scared by imaginary ghosts in the dark, so he runs back home where he gets a spanking from his mother.
    • Contributor: Carlson, Wallace - Bray Pictures Corporation - Afi/Marshall (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
  • Film, Video
    The enchanted glasses
    Verres enchanté | Masson reel. | Unidentified Masson. | Special effects reel.
    Devilish looking man dances with a dress in his arms. The dress stands up by itself and a woman magician appears in it. She conjures six women and then makes them disappear. She magically changes into men's clothing and lines up six boxes which begin to smoke and produce six women, whose clothing transforms from formal gowns to ballet dresses. The magician makes them ...
    • Contributor: Chomón, Segundo De - Mathieu, Julienne - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress) - Afi/Masson (Daniel J.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1907
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    La poule phénomène
    Phenomenal hen | Special effects reel. | Chicken
    A magician produces a chicken from an immense egg, and then six chicks from eggs laid by that chicken. The chicken is wrapped in paper and put into a pot. The chicks go back into their eggs, which are broken into the pot. From the pot, the magician pulls out the chicken, alive!
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
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    Liliputian dance
    Danses lilliputiennes | Special effects reel. | Lilliputian dance
    A basket of flowers appears and moves by itself to the middle of a decorative arch. From the basket, a woman magician appears. From a cylinder, the magician conjures a series of tiny dancers and acrobats who perform on a table top, and in the palm of her hand. She puts dancers back into the cylinder, then stirs and shakes the contents, and out ...
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906
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    The golden beetle
    Scarabée d'or | Golden scarab | Special effects reel.
    A magician catches a bug, which he throws into a brazier he has conjured up. From the brazier emerges a woman with shimmering wings. The brazier disappears and is replaced by a water fountain. The winged woman disappears. The magician crawls around on the floor as the water turns into fireworks, and then into a spinning wheel of fire. The magician leaps and twirls, ...
    • Contributor: Chomón, Segundo De - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1907
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    La vie et la passion de Jésus-Christ
    Passion | Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française | Life and passion of Jesus Christ
    Main title and English language translation title from Rittaud-Hutinet, J. Auguste et Louis Lumière. Title on film, La passion, also appears in La production cinématographique des frères Lumière. Contents titles from La production cinématographique des frères Lumière. Incomplete: LC copy missing L'arrivée à Jérusalem; Lumière no. 935. Opérateur, Alexandre Promio. Bretteau. The films listed in the contents note were also released separately under their ...
    • Contributor: Hatot, Georges - Lumière, Louis - Promio, Alexandre - Bretteau - Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
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    Keeping up with the Joneses. [Women's styles]
    Women's styles | Keeping up with the Joneses.
    A domestic comedy about the McGinis family--husband Aloysius, wife Clarice, daughter Julie, and housemaid Belladonna. The simple story lines often parody society's concern with material goods as an indicator of social standing, but the series was not as narrowly focused as the title implies. The Joneses were the McGinis's neighbors, but were not depicted. They were referred to as objects of envy, with whom ...
    • Contributor: Palmer, H. S. (Harry S.) - Momand, Arthur R. - Gaumont Co. - Mutual Film Corporation - Afi/Zouary (Maurice) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1915
  • Film, Video
    Keeping up with the Joneses. [Men's styles]
    Men's styles | Keeping up with the Joneses.
    A domestic comedy about the McGinis family--husband Aloysius, wife Clarice, daughter Julie, and housemaid Belladonna. The simple story lines often parody society's concern with material goods as an indicator of social standing, but the series was not as narrowly focused as the title implies. The Joneses were the McGinis's neighbors, but were not depicted. They were referred to as objects of envy, with whom ...
    • Contributor: Palmer, H. S. (Harry S.) - Momand, Arthur R. - Gaumont Co. - Mutual Film Corporation - Afi/Zouary (Maurice) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1915
  • Film, Video
    Little mischief From Edison films catalog: Papa is reading his newspaper and his little girl tickles his neck with a long straw. Thinking it is a fly papa "shoos" away the supposed fly with his hand. The tickling continues now on the ear, and papa waves his newspaper around his head. Not yet content, the little mischief maker continues her fun, and the man loses all ...
    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward) - American Vitagraph Company
    • Date: 1899
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    Bobby Bumps starts a lodge
    Paramount-Bray Cartoon, no. 39, Bobby Bumps starts a lodge
    Bobby Bumps plays a trick on his friend who wants to be initiated into his lodge. When his friend outsmarts him and saves his life, they both agree to be initiated into the lodge together.
    • Contributor: Hurd, Earl - Bray Studios - Afi/Atkinson (Dennis) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1916
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    The first circus
    Tony Sarg's almanac: "The first circus"
    During the stone-age the Stonehenge Circus entertained cavemen and women. The circus had a dinosaur that doubled as a trampoline and tightrope for the acrobats.
    • Contributor: Sarg, Tony - Dawley, Herbert M. - Herbert M. Dawley Productions - Rialto Productions - Afi/Uhl (Clement) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1921
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    Chrysanthemums
    Chrysanthèmes | Masson reel.
    Rising from a stage are two vases which separate to reveal a female dancer behind each of the vases. They create magical circles of flowers from which other women emerge. The dancers construct an elegant floral display, in the middle of which a miniature dancer performs. Another circle of flowers is brought forward on the stage, toward the camera, and in the circle are ...
    • Contributor: Chomón, Segundo De - Mathieu, Julienne - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Afi/Baker (Glenn L.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1907
  • Film, Video
    The mysterious cafe
    Mysterious cafe, or Mr. and Mrs. Spoopendyke have troubles with a waiter | Mr. and Mrs. Spoopendyke have troubles with a waiter | Mysterious cafe, or, Mr. and Mrs. Spoopendyke have troubles with a waiter
    From Edison films catalog: As the above title indicates, the scene does not take place in an ordinary restaurant, but one in which all natural rules of order and gravitation are reversed. The couple above mentioned have a most trying experience while endeavoring to partake of a square meal. They find themselves flying about the room from chairs to table, and vice versa, until ...
    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward) - Vitagraph Company of America - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
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    An artist's dream From Edison films catalog: The scene opens in the interior of an artist's studio. Mephisto appears mysteriously and signals the pictures to come to life. They step down from the frames and walk forward, admiring their costumes. Mephisto then touches the artist on the shoulder, awaking him, and disappears. The artist, after rubbing his eyes, sees the picture on his right hand side and ...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
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    Naval sham battle at Newport
    Naval sham battle at Newport Naval Training School
    From Edison films catalog: Showing the attacking forces drawn up in line of battle. They immediately commence firing on the shore batteries. The batteries return the fire with telling effect, but are at last silenced by the overwhelming forces of the enemy. In the distance can be seen the ruins of a bridge destroyed by the invading forces. The smoke thickens as the firing ...
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
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    How a French nobleman got a wife through the New York Herald personal columns From Edison films catalog: The picture opens with a "Personal" advertisement which actually appeared in the New York Herald of August 25th, 1904: "Young French Nobleman, recently arrived, desires to meet wealthy American girl; object matrimony; will be at Grant's Tomb at 10 this morning, wearing boutonniere of violets." The first scene shows the young "Nobleman" in his dressing room. He picks up the ...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Porter, Edwin S. - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
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    The artist's dilemma
    Artist's dilemma, or What he saw in a nightmare | What he saw in a nightmare | Artist's dilemma, or, What he saw in a nightmare
    From Edison films catalog: The scene opens in an artist's studio, the artist asleep in his chair. A large old fashioned clock opens and a young lady comes out and awaking the artist, requests him to paint her picture. While the artist is executing the work a clown comes down from the clock, takes in the situation and begins to make love to the ...
    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward) - Vitagraph Company of America
    • Date: 1901
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    Maude's naughty little brother
    Maud's naughty little brother, or Wouldn't it jar you? | Wouldn't it jar you?
    From Edison films catalog: In a charming dining room a very attractive young lady is seen seated at the table, evidently waiting for the caller who is to share a quiet little dinner for two. A moment later a dude of the regular chappy type enters and seats himself at the table. As soon as the meal commences the inevitable wicked small boy sneaks ...
    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward) - Vitagraph Company of America
    • Date: 1900
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    La poule aux œufs d'or. Le châtiment de l'avare apothéose
    Châtiment de l'avare apothéose | Hen with the golden eggs. | Miser's punishment | Hen that laid the golden eggs. | Hen and golden eggs. | Dance film | Unidentified Pathe 1905 film. | Petit Jules Verne
    Beset by remorse, a man is about to slaughter a hen when the devil appears. When he takes his knife to the hen, an egg appears. It turns into a witch, casting a spell which causes the man to wake surrounded by giant hens laying giant eggs big enough for women to emerge from. Some of the women dance. The devil appears inset in ...
    • Contributor: Velle, Gaston - Chomón, Segundo De - Mathieu, Julienne - La Fontaine, Jean De - Pathé Frères (France) - Afi/Vermont Historical Society Collection (Library of Congress) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - S. Lubin (Firm : Philadelphia, Pa.) - Afi/Baker (Glenn L.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
  • Film, Video
    Chimmie Hicks at the races
    Above the limit | Jimmy Hicks at the races
    Filming of a character sketch by the well-known vaudevillian Charles E. Grapewin. On a bare stage backed by a dark curtain, a man dressed in a three-piece suit and overcoat holds a racing program and excitedly watches a race supposedly taking place offstage. With enthusiastic jumping and other delighted pantomime, he makes it clear his horse has won the race. A second man in ...
    • Contributor: Grapewin, Charles - Armitage, F. S. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
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    The golden lily
    Lys d'or | Unidentified Gaumont.
    A poor, elderly violinist takes refuge in a cathedral. When he plays his violin there, the Madonna appears before him and gives him a golden lily. He tries to sell the lily to a goldsmith, but the goldsmith and his wife doubt the violinist's story. They summon guards who bring him before the Holy Office. He is found guilty and is about to be ...
    • Contributor: Perret, Léonce - Société Des Établissements Gaumont - George Kleine (Firm) - Afi/Atkinson (Dennis) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1910
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    Levi & Cohen, the Irish comedians
    Levi and Cohen, the Irish comedians
    Opens on a vaudeville or variety stage with a flat painted curtain of a stone fence and garden. On the right side of the stage sits a sign that reads "Zuzu Daffy, Singing Soubret." A boy in an usher's uniform crosses the stage and replaces the sign with one that reads "Levi and Cohen, Irish Comedians." The boy exits, and the curtain rises to ...
    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
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    From show girl to burlesque queen
    Dressing room scene, from show girl to burlesque queen
    Opens on a dressing room set with a mirror, dressing table, and chair center stage and a folded dressing screen on the left. A smiling, dark-haired woman enters through the door on stage right, unbuttoning a full-length polka-dot costume. As she undresses, she frequently looks directly at the camera and smiles. She removes her sash or cummerbund, the top with its trailing sleeves, and ...
    • Contributor: Weed, A. E. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
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    A tough dance
    Dance at McGurks | "Tough dance" at McGurks
    From either side of a white, apparently outdoors, setting enter a man and woman, both wearing ragged street clothes and caps. As they approach center stage, the man grabs the woman's arm and pulls her to him, then slaps her. Still holding her arm, the man and his partner cockily strut towards the camera. The man grabs the woman in a crouched, bear-hug type ...
    • Contributor: Kid Foley - Sailor Lil - Bonine, R. (Robert K.) - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1902