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    The messenger boy's mistake From Edison films catalog: "Cholly" wishes to call on his best girl and send her a large bouquet. To find out if the girl really loves him, he sends a note with the messenger boy requesting her to "wear this" if she does. The boy delivers the note and a package which the young lady opens and finds an old pair of trousers and ...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
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    A romance of the rail From Edison films catalog: A series of railroad scenes of novel and amusing interest. It opens with a view of an imposing station showing a pretty girl, dressed in white, seated on a trunk awaiting the arrival of her train. A young man approaches, also dressed in white, and the two immediately fall in love. The Lackawanna Limited then rolls into the station and ...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
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    The dinosaur and the missing link, a prehistoric tragedy
    Prehistoric tragedy | Dinosaur and the missing link | Dinosaur and the baboon
    Uses clay animation to tell a story of prehistoric times. Three suitors, named the Duke, Stonejaw Steve, and Theophilus Ivoryhead, compete for the hand of Miss Araminta Rockface. Ivoryhead, an unassuming weakling, wins her hand when the others mistakenly believe that he has killed a large ape which was actually felled by a dinosaur.
    • Contributor: O'brien, Willis - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - K.E.S.E. (Firm) - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1917
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    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, ...
    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
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    Interrupted lovers
    Interrupted lover | Comedy scene
    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: Another instance where "the course of true love never runs smooth." From Edison films catalog: The watchful father disturbs a dream of bliss, and the bucolic lover is taught a lesson. He made a great hit. 140 feet. $21.00.
    • Contributor: White, James H. (James Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
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    A frontier flirtation
    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 ...
    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
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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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    R.F.D., 10,000 B.C.
    On the R.F.D., 10,000 B.C.
    An animated mannequin comedy (also known as an O'Brien plastic stop-work comedy) set in prehistoric times. Henry Saurus, the mailman, and Johnny Bearskin, the favored suitor, vie for the affections of Winnie Warclub on Valentine's Day.
    • Contributor: O'brien, Willis - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1917
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    [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
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    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
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    Krazy Kat goes a-wooing Krazy Kat's serenade outside the window of Ignatz Mouse meets with a barrage of bricks.
    • Contributor: Searl, Leon A. - Herriman, George - International Film Service - Ernst (Louise) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1916
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    Scouting for Washington; a tale of the Revolution.
    Tale of the Revolution Catalog Record Only
    Orphan Stuart Schuyler and wealthy colonist Tom Ludow, who both love Squire Hathaway's daughter Pearl, enlist in the revolutionary army to fight against the British. Stuart reluctantly accompanies brave Tom on a dangerous mission into British territory in New York, where Tom is captured and impressed into service. Stuart returns to camp, and falsely informs his superiors that Tom turned traitor. Stuart is honored ...
    • Date: 1917
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    Omnibus. Catalog Record Only An episode of the television cultural anthology series consisting of four segments of varying lengths.
    • Date: 1954
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    The Sea waif / Catalog Record Only Nancy Potter was lost at sea when she was a young child. She was rescued and reared by Cail Potter, a fisherman (and, unbeknownst to Nancy, a thief). Nancy is being courted by Silas Jones, her "father's" cohort, but she despises Silas. Harry Caton, an actor, has been sent to their small, seacoast village to recuperate from a throat ailment. While robbing the home ...
    • Date: 1918
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    Laḥn al-wafāʼ
    Melody of loyalty | Mélodie de la loyauté Catalog Record Only
    This romantic musical film tells the story of an aspiring young singer who falls in love with the same girl his tutor wants to marry.
    • Date: 200?
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    No soup / Catalog Record Only A comic piece in which the American consul in some part of Africa rescues the missionary's daughter's dog from a butcher, thereby winning the daughter's heart.
    • Date: 1915
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    Blade o' grass / Catalog Record Only A man is deserted by his wife and takes refuge from civilization by going with his small daughter to a remote section of the Maine woods. The girl grows up and falls in love with a wealthy hunter; the father drives off the hunter and sends the girl to live with his wealthy sister. The girl soon tires of high society and returns to ...
    • Date: 1915
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    In at the finish / Catalog Record Only A poor bumbler competes with a suave gentleman for the attentions of a lovely young lady. The bumbler attempts to impress her by doing calisthenics, playing tennis and golf, and throwing the hammer, but something always goes awry. Finally he wins both the young lady and a long-distance foot race by hitching a ride on the back of an automobile.
    • Date: 1916
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    Environment / Catalog Record Only A ne'er do well and Jeannie, the banker's daughter, fall in love. Jeannie encourages her suitor to try to better himself while her father rejects him. When the young man's attempts to find a job fail, he is enticed into helping a stranger rob the bank. At the last minute, the suitor repents, chases and fights the stranger. The stranger is killed when he ...
    • Date: 1914
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    The big parade / Catalog Record Only A World War I drama about lazy James Apperson (John Gilbert), son of an industrious aristocrat (Hobart Bosworth) and his wife (Claire McDowell), and how he is coaxed into joining the Army by his father and girlfriend (Claire Adams) when the U.S. enters the War. Upon entering the Army, James is sent to France to serve his tour of duty. While in France, he ...
    • Date: 1925
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    Up in arms / Catalog Record Only Wartime musical comedy about a hypochondriac elevator operator who, after being drafted into the Army, becomes a surprise hero. Infatuated with nurse Mary, Danny Weems tries to set up his friend Joe with her friend and fellow nurse Virginia, but Virginia is crazy about Danny and Joe and Mary fall for each other. After all four enter the Army, Danny, Joe, and Virginia discover ...
    • Date: 1944
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    It's a wild life / Catalog Record Only A penniless Harold tries to court his sweetheart at the Gilded Guzzle Cafe where he contends with the young woman's mother, gluttonous diners, thieving musicians, two other suitors and messy food.
    • Date: 1918
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    Friends, Romans and Leo / Catalog Record Only Beset by debts, Mulius Caesar, Emperor of ancient Rome, offers his daughter Myria in marriage to the royal loan-shark Liarus Bunko. In order to eliminate Plento Morpheus, Myria's affectionate suitor who is a newly arrived slave with glasses and a zigzag part in his hair, Mulius sets up a gladiator match between Plento and Brutal Brutus, with the loser to be sent to Leo ...
    • Contributor: Crosland, Alan - Wadsworth, William - McKee, Raymond - Fletcher, Juanita - Macdonough, Harry - Fables, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - George Kleine (Firm) - Kleine (George) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1917
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    Mary / Catalog Record Only Mary falls in love with an artist and then learns that he had broken his engagement to a neighbor of hers owing to a misunderstanding relating to an intercepted letter. Mary retrieves the letter and shows it to Laura, the ex-fiancée, to impress her that the artist had intended to apologize for their silly quarrel. Mary sacrifices her own love even further by deliberately ...
    • Date: 1915
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    The Star / Catalog Record Only Despite her fame and popularity as a dancer, Pauline Deverau is giving it up for a career as an actress. Clarence Inbad, one of her most ardent fans, attends her last dance performance. He becomes so enamored of Pauline that he attempts to force his way backstage to meet her. He is thrown out. Sometime later, to prepare for a dramatic role, Pauline takes ...
    • Date: 1913