• Film, Video
    Uncle Josh at the moving picture show "Here we present a side-splitter. Uncle Josh occupies a box at a vaudeville theatre, and a moving picture show is going on. First there appears upon the screen a dancer. Uncle Josh jumps to the stage and endeavors to make love to her, but she flits away, and immediately there appears upon the screen the picture of an express train running at sixty miles ...
    • Contributor: Manley, Charles - Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1902
  • 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
  • Film, Video
    Execution of Czolgosz, with panorama of Auburn Prison
    Electrocution of Czolgosz
    The film begins by showing railroad cars in the foreground with the overshadowing walls of a state prison in the background. The second camera position, from a higher elevation, pans slowly showing the yard interior of the prison and some of the large buildings. There is a dissolve from the exterior to the interior, a set of a stone wall with an iron barred ...
    • Contributor: McKinley, William - Czolgosz, Leon F. - Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video
    A little "Jules Verne"
    Petit Jules Verne
    A boy is put to bed by his mother, but when she leaves the room, he pulls out a book. Dropping off to sleep, he begins to dream. The wall behind him transforms into a screen, with a portrait of Jules Verne. The boy imagines the starry night sky, with comets shooting by. The gondola of a balloon parks outside his window. He climbs ...
    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (France) - Pathé Frères (U.S.) - Afi/Baker (Glenn L.) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1907
  • Film, Video
    Dreamy Dud--he resolves not to smoke
    He resolves not to smoke | Dreamy Dud resolves not to smoke
    Dreamy Dud steals a man's pipe because he is fascinated with smoking and blowing smoke rings. He smokes the pipe and the smoke turns into a ghost and carries him up to the moon and leaves him. Dud falls off the moon and down to earth. He wakes up on the floor of his room and resolves never to smoke.
    • Contributor: Carlson, Wallace - Essanay Film Manufacturing Co. - Afi/Edell (Frederick) Collection (Library of Congress) - General Film Company
    • Date: 1915
  • 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
    The clown and the alchemist From Edison films catalog: Although we are led to believe that the ancient alchemists were all powerful, this picture somewhat reverses the order of things. The clown plays some wonderful pranks on the old professor. He appears and disappears in numerous startling positions, using his club with great effect and always escaping punishment. At last the alchemist brings his magic power into use, and ...
    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    2 a.m. in the subway
    Two a.m. in the subway
    Opens on a set of a subway platform, with two tracks on either side and stairs leading up to the exit. A policeman stretches and wearily sits on a box or crate, as a uniformed conductor awaits a train. A subway car arrives on the left side of the platform and the conductor opens the door. A well-dressed man with a cigar in his ...
    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
  • Film, Video
    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
  • 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
    Trapeze disrobing act Camera is positioned as if in the audience at a vaudeville or burlesque show. Two men with long hair and beards in rough clothing appear to be eating and talking in a box on the left as a female aerialist sits on a trapeze over the stage and its painted backdrop of trees. Fully dressed in street clothing, the trapezist removes her jacket and ...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Afi/Holt (H. L.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Afi/Holt (H.L.) Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video
    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
  • 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
    Street car chivalry
    Streetcar chivalry
    "Scene shows interior of crowded street-car. A young lady enters and every man in the car offers her his seat. Presently an elderly stout lady with arm full of bundles enters. All male passengers immediately bury their faces in their papers, while the lady swings on the strap. A sudden jerk of the car lands her in the lap of a dude, much to ...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video
    The extra turn Camera is positioned as if in the audience of a vaudeville show. A man and two women, all in evening clothes, are seated in a theater box to the left of a stage with curtains and a painted backdrop of trees. A young woman in a white dress, identified by a sign as "Dolly Lightfoot," performs a simple dance with leg kicks. The audience ...
    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • 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
    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
    [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
    Happy Hooligan
    Happy Hooligan interferes
    Opens on a stage set of a house exterior, complete with a door, window, and ivy on the walls. In front of the house, an organ-grinder plays as Happy Hooligan listens and claps along merrily. The Hooligan character is dressed as a tramp in a ragged and torn suit, and sports a bald pate with an incredibly tiny hat perched atop it. A middle-aged ...
    • Contributor: Bitzer, G. W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video
    The stenographer's friend, or, What was accomplished by an Edison business phonograph
    What was accomplished by an Edison business phonograph
    It's a busy day at the office, and the stenographer is exhausted from trying to keep up with the demands on her skills. Even when she stays late, she cannot catch up with all of the work. But then a man comes into the office to demonstrate the many advantages of the Edison System, his company's new business phonograph.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Edison Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1910
  • Film, Video
    The mystic swing From Edison films catalog: The professor shows his power to Mephisto by mysteriously placing a young lady in a swing. Mephisto then shows his power by making the young lady disappear from the swing, to the surprise of the professor. The professor makes another mystic pass and produces a second young lady then in the swing, and also a skeleton. 60 feet. $9.00.
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video
    A wake in "Hell's Kitchen"
    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 ...
    • Contributor: Marvin, Arthur W. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • 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
    As in a looking glass
    How Tommy got a pull on his grandpa
    Opens on a split stage set of two rooms with a door and wall between them. In the living or dining room on the left of the frame, an elderly, bearded man sits at a table, reading the newspaper. In the bedroom on the right, a boy in a suit with short pants attaches a long string to the end of a dresser drawer, ...
    • Contributor: Armitage, F. S. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video
    Uncle Josh in a spooky hotel
    Uncle Josh in a spook hotel
    "The landlord enters with his rural guest. After examining the bed and other things in the room, Josh takes a seat beside the landlord, who tells him that there is a rumor that a ghost appears in that room every night at 12 o'clock. The ghost then appears mysteriously and hits Josh a slap on the cheek. Thinking it was the landlord who hit ...
    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) - Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900