• Film, Video
    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
  • Film, Video
    The rival brothers' patriotism
    Patriotisme des frères rivaux
    Two brothers, Jim and Robert, who are rivals for the same woman, Mary, enlist in the Union Army during the Civil War. Six months later at camp, Jim inadvertently reads Mary's letter to Robert and realizes Mary loves Robert. That same day, Jim and Robert are charged with carrying a message through enemy territory. While on their mission, Jim confesses that he read Mary's ...
    • Contributor: American Kinema - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Afi/Marshall (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1911
  • Film, Video
    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 voice of the violin Copyright: no reg. Duration: 3:56 (part 1), 3:06 (part 2), 3:54 (part 3), 3:58 (part 4), and 4:51 (part 5) at 18 fps. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files. Source used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1912-1939.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Edison Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1915
  • 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
  • Film, Video
    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
  • Film, Video
    A touching pleading
    Emouvant plaidoirie | Special effects reel.
    A lawyer, pleading by the side of his client, bursts into tears with emotion and embraces the sobbing prisoner, who, while in this position, neatly steals the lawyer's watch and chain.
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Lubin Manufacturing Company - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906
  • Film, Video
    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
  • Film, Video
    [Story of Christ]
    Special effects reel. | Histoire de Christ
    Story of the life of Christ. Includes, among other scenes, the Nativity; Jesus driving the money changers out of the temple; Jesus walking upon the waters; Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead; Calvary; the Crucifixion; the Resurrection.
    • Contributor: Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
  • Film, Video
    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
  • Film, Video
    Poursuite sur les toits
    Rooftop chase | Poursuite de cambrioleurs sur les toits | Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française
    A comedy in which two burglars flee from policemen across the rooftops.
    • Contributor: Hatot, Georges - Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video
    Duel au pistolet
    Pistol duel | Collection of Lumière films from the Cinémathèque française
    A dramatization of a duel with pistols in which one man is felled and his seconds rush in to care for him.
    • Contributor: Société Anonyme Des Plaques Et Papiers Photographiques - Cinémathèque Française Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video
    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
  • Film, Video
    AWOL, all wrong old Laddiebuck
    All wrong old Laddiebuck | AWOL; or, All wrong old Laddiebuck | A.W.O.L.
    From J. McIntire, Silent animated films at the Library of Congress: Concerns American soldiers in Europe after the armstice [sic]. One goes AWOL with "Joy" (Miss AWOL) and after a series of mishaps with her, he is thrown in a guard house while his fellow soldiers go home. From Origin of American animation 1900-1921 notes: A cautionary tale for troops impatient to return home ...
    • Contributor: Bowers, Charles R. - American Motion Picture Corporation - Afi/Rhode Island Historical Society Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1919
  • Film, Video
    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
    Napoleon
    Napoléon
    Maximilien Charlier. Incomplete: film is apparently complete in three reels. LC copy combines parts of r1-3. Intertitles: Bonaparte at the Arcole Bridge; The Egyptian campaign, the pyramids; Crossing Mont St. Bernard; Fête at Malmaison Castle, Bonaparte at home; The coronation; Austerlitz, Napoleon watching the troops; Napoleon wounded at Ratisbon; The Emperor in his library, the young King of Rome; The sentinel asleep; The fire ...
    • Contributor: Charlier, Maximilien - Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Afi/Tayler (Dorothy M.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1909
  • Film, Video
    San Francisco's future By mid-1916, after viewing the carnage in Europe, the United States saw itself poised with great reluctance on the edge of participation in World War I. Isolationism and anti-preparedness feeling remained strong in San Francisco, not only among radicals such as the International Workers of the Worlds ("the Wobblies"), but also among responsible labor leaders. At the same time, with the rise of Bolshevism ...
    • Contributor: Hearst, Phoebe Apperson - Rodiester, Claire - Rolph, James - Afi/Post (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1916
  • Film, Video
    [Gertie on tour--excerpts]
    Fragments from Gertie on tour
    Gertie is a dinosaur who lives in present times. She encounters a train and dreams of being the life of the party in her time.
    • Contributor: McCay, Winsor - McCay, John - Fitzsimmons, John A. - Rialto Productions - Afi/Cinémathèque Canadienne Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1921
  • Film, Video
    [The centaurs--excerpts]
    Fragments from The centaurs
    A half human-half horse boy and girl meet and fall in love. They have a baby and go home to their parents for a happy reunion.
    • Contributor: McCay, Winsor - McCay, John - Fitzsimmons, John A. - Rialto Productions - Afi/Cinémathèque Canadienne Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1921
  • Film, Video
    Indians and cow-boys
    Indians and cowboys | Indiens et cow-boys
    A captured Indian marauder is beaten by a gang of cowboys. Seeking vengeance, the Indians attack a stagecoach and abduct its passengers. The cowboys ride in pursuit and successfully rescue the captives.
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - George Kleine (Firm) - S. Lubin (Firm : Philadelphia, Pa.) - Afi/Tayler (Dorothy M.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video
    The truth revealed
    Lavendières | Lavandières
    The young squire impudently stops at the stream where the women are washing clothes. His unsuccessful efforts to flirt with one of them, Mary, are caught in a photograph by his companion. Another of the women, Kate, plotting in conjunction with the squire, maliciously tells John, a stable hand, that Mary, who is John's sweetheart, has been flirting with the squire. John's discomfort is ...
    • Contributor: Lux (Firm) - Motion Picture Distributing and Sales Co. - Afi/Miller (Cecil) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1910
  • Film, Video
    Afraid of microbes
    Peur des microbes | Fear of microbes | Fear of the microbes | Unidentified John Jones.
    A man who fears the influenza microbe buys an antiseptic spray from a pharmacist. On his way home, he insists on spraying everyone he encounters, including the police. A growing group of outraged people chases and captures him. He is tied up and doused with water.
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Afi/Jones (John) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1908
  • Film, Video
    Lost a pretty little dog
    Cent francs à qui rapportera | Lost, a pretty dog | Unidentified John Jones.
    A woman and her mother bring a little dog home from a dog shelter in Gennevilliers. The woman's husband comes home, is displeased, and pays a man to steal the dog. The woman is distraught and offers a reward for the return of the dog. The man who stole the dog returns it and receives the reward, just as the husband comes home. The ...
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Afi/Jones (John) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1908
  • Film, Video
    At the dentist's
    Chez le dentiste | At the dentist | Unidentified John Jones.
    Four men with toothaches sit in a dentist's waiting room. One man is brought into the dentist's office and the dentist extracts the man's tooth. The others try to escape once they see this patient leaving the office. One of the remaining men is caught and brought into the dentist's office. The dentist tries to extract this man's tooth with increasingly larger pliers. He ...
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Afi/Jones (John) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1907