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  • 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 old maid having her picture taken /

    From Edison films catalog: Scene opens in a photographer's studio. A typical old maid, impersonated by Mr. Gilbert Saroni [sic], enters to have her picture made. While the photographer is making his camera ready the old maid walks about the studio. She first looks at a hanger with a number of photo samples, which immediately falls from the wall, not being able to stand ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Sarony, Gilbert - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
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    Mr. Nobody Holme--he buys a jitney /

    An animated cartoon about Mr. Nobody Holme, who warms up his sluggish automobile with the assistance of a stick of dynamite.

    • Contributor: Searl, Leon A. - Powers, Tom E. - International Film Service - Ernst (louise) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1916
  • Film, Video

    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
  • Film, Video

    Hooligan assists the magician /

    From Edison films catalog: This is a new adventure in which our friend, Mr. Hooligan, appears in an entirely new capacity. On a stage a professor of magic is performing some wonderful experiments, and when he requests some assistance Happy Hooligan immediately volunteers his services and climbs upon the platform. As he does so, the professor vanishes through the floor and the amateur assistant ...

    • 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

    Sham battle at the Pan-American Exposition /

    Large arches and columns are seen surrounding a flat field. In the foreground of the field, some American Indians on horseback ride toward the camera. The Indians are wearing feathers, war paint, and are carrying frontier rifles across the bare backs of their horses. In the middle of this flat area, men dressed as U.S. Army troops in battle regalia are lined up in ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video

    The stenographer's friend, or, What was accomplished by an Ed...

    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 truth revealed /

    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

    The rival brothers' patriotism /

    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

    The unappreciated joke /

    From Edison films catalog: Scene, interior of a street-car. A stout man enters and sits down alongside of a friend and proceeds to read a comic paper. He shows a joke in the paper to his friend, and they both laugh heartily. The friend leaves the car, and his absence is not noted by the stout man. An elderly matron takes the seat. Without ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    Catching an early train /

    From Edison films catalog: Surburbanite [sic] is seen in bed chamber, discovers he has overslept himself, jumps out of bed, shirt, trousers, shoes, collar, tie, coat, vest, hat, cane, cigar and satchel arise from the floor and adjust themselves to him. Makes a hasty exit. Scene dissolves to a R.R. Station, showing surburbanite running to catch the rear end of a moving train. Class ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video

    Jack and the beanstalk /

    From Edison films catalog: A grand spectacular performance in nine scenes and one tableau, illustrating the most popular fairy story ever written.... From this very simple and popular fairy tale we have produced a most pleasing, interesting and mirth producing play in motion pictures, introducing therein many surprising new tricks and dissolving effects. The subject was carefully studied, and every scene posed with a ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - White, Thomas - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1902
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    A little "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

    Spirit of '76

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 19May1905; H61107. Original main title lacking. Duration: 0:57 at 16 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Bitzer, G. W. - Willard, Archibald M. - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
  • Film, Video

    Policy and pie /

    The Captain gets a life insurance policy and gives it to his wife. In gratitude she makes him a pie. The Katzenjammer Kids play a trick on the Captain and sneak toads into his pie so that he would think his wife is trying to poison him.

    • Contributor: La Cava, Gregory - International Film Service - Afi/Souder (thomas) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1918
  • Film, Video

    Mary & Gretel /

    From Origin of American animation 1900-1921 notes: Alice in Wonderland meets the Garden of Eden in this surreal fable of a drunk rabbit, bowling dwarfs, and the two bewildered girls of the title. From J. McIntire, Silent animated films at the Library of Congress: Mary & Gretel explore the forest and come across Rip Van Winkle, drunken woodsmen, and a bunny. They pluck magic ...

    • Contributor: Moss, Howard S. - Toyland Films - Peter Pan Film Corp - Afi/Ashton (james) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1917
  • Film, Video

    Admiral cigarette /

    44332 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thos. A. Edison; 5Aug1897; 44332. Camera, William Heise. Duration: 0:25 at 30 fps. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.

    • Contributor: Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video

    A frontier flirtation

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (48 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (48 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (48 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 1Oct1903; H36403. Original main title lacking. Duration: 0:48 at 16 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    Burn Notice.

    There's trouble in paradise for former CIA operative Michael Westen and his cohorts, and the streets of Miami are hotter, and deadlier, than ever before. In hot pursuit of his old nemesis, Michael must take down Anson Fullerton and find a way to free Fiona from prison, where she is being targeted by a murderous foe. Michael goes full force to save Fiona as ...

    • Contributor: Donovan, Jeffrey - Anwar, Gabrielle - Campbell, Bruce - Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc - Copyright Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 2013
  • Film, Video

    The extra turn

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (88 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (88 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 reel of 1 (88 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos. | 1 reel of 1 (88 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch pos. | 1 roll ...

    • Contributor: Edison Manufacturing Co.
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    Ha-meshoṭeṭ The wanderer /

    "Isaac, is a young yeshiva student, an only child to born-again orthodox parents. Trapped in a failing body, Isaac finds refuge in wandering. Tormented by his newfound infertility, Isaac looks for answers in his father's dubious past. Wandering through the backstreets of the city, he seeks deliverance"

    • Date: 2010
  • Film, Video

    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
  • Film, Video

    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
  • Film, Video

    Fun in camp /

    From Edison films catalog: Showing a group of soldiers and Red Cross nurses being amused by a number of small children who are riding upon the backs of trick bears. A remarkably fine picture, with U.S. Infantry camp in the background. 30 feet. $4.50.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    Uncle Josh at the moving picture show /

    From Edison films catalog: 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 ...

    • Contributor: Manley, Charles - Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1902
  • Film, Video

    Cuban ambush

    "From the upper windows of a ruined mill the Cubans fire at a scouting party of Spaniards, who return the volley. Fine smoke effects. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1898
  • Film, Video

    Love and war /

    "An illustrated song telling the story of a hero who leaves for the war as a private, is promoted to the rank of captain for bravery in service, meets the girl of his choice, who is a Red Cross nurse on the field, and finally returns home triumphantly as an officer to the father and mother to whom he bade good bye as a ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    La poule aux œufs d'or. Le châtiment de l'avare apothéose /

    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 - Pathé Frères (france) - Pathé Frères (u.s.) - S. Lubin (firm : Philadelphia, Pa.) - Afi/Vermont Historical Society Collection (library of Congress) - La Fontaine, Jean De
    • Date: 1905
  • Film, Video

    Seminary girls /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: A most amusing and life-like scene, in which a number of young ladies clad in their night robes, are seen engaged in a midnight frolic. From Edison films catalog: A number of young ladies, in their night robes, are having a frolic, and are interrupted by a teacher. One girl makes herself very conspicuous by crawling under a bed. ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Afi/Holt (h.l.) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video

    The burglar's slide for life /

    From Edison films catalog: The first scene shows the interior of a room in an apartment house. A burglar enters and seeing a portable vapor bath in the corner of the room gets into it to hide. Presently two ladies enter. One is the lady of the house and she is evidently showing her friend through the rooms. The new vapor bath interests her ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
  • Film, Video

    Naval sham battle at Newport /

    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

    Kiss me

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (66 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch pos. | 1 reel of 1 (66 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch neg. | 1 roll (66 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 27Feb1904; H42803. Original main title lacking. Duration: 1:06 at 16 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    The golden lily /

    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
  • Film, Video

    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
  • Film, Video

    Red Cross ambulance on battlefield /

    From Edison films catalog: Near the center of this scene we see the regimental surgeon directing the movements of the Ambulance Corps. Tenderly they pick up the unfortunates and place them in the ambulance. The numbers disabled show that the battle has been a hot one, and many a poor fellow, if he survives his injuries, will carry to his grave the scars honorably ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Mitchell, Mason - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    From show girl to burlesque queen

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 12Sept1903; H35629. Original main title lacking. Duration: 1:02 at 14 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    Fights of nations

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (744 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (744 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (744 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 18Feb1907; H90564. Duration: 3:32 (part 1), 3:28 (part 2), and 4:02 (part ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1907
  • Film, Video

    At the dentist's /

    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

    Cripple Creek bar-room scene

    "Shows tap room of the "Miners Arms," stout lady at the bar, and three men playing stud horse. Old toper with a silk hat asleep by the stove. Rough miner enters, bar maid serves him with Red Eye Whiskey and he proceeds to clean out the place. Barmaid takes a hand with a siphon of vichy, and bounces the intruder, with the help of ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    The little train robbery /

    From Edison films catalog: The opening scene shows the interior of the robbers' den. The walls are decorated with the portraits of notorious criminals and pictures illustrating the exploits of famous bandits. Some of the gang are lounging about, while others are reading novels and illustrated papers. Although of youthful appearance, each is dressed like a typical Western desperado. The "Bandit Queen," leading a ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1905
  • Film, Video

    Fisherman's luck /

    From Edison films catalog: Two German anglers are fishing, with odd results. One gets a bite, and pulls in a length of stovepipe. The other is so astonished that he falls overboard. 50 feet. $7.50.

    • Contributor: Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1897
  • Film, Video

    For the papoose /

    A white man is tired of his Indian bride and falls in love with the daughter of a white settler. He escapes with the white girl and his child, but is pursued by his wife's brother, who in a desperate fight, kills him and rescues his sister's child.

    • Contributor: Pathé Frères (u.s.) - Public Archives of Canada/Dawson City Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1912
  • Film, Video

    What happened in the tunnel /

    From Edison films catalog: Interior of railroad coach. Pretty young lady and colored maid occupying seat. Young man in rear seat tries to attract young lady's attention. She drops her handkerchief. Young man picks it up and hands it to her, and then takes advantage of the opportunity and leans over the back of her seat and begins to make love to her. As ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Anderson, Gilbert M. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    The gambler's ruin /

    Peter Thurston develops a mania for gambling and gradually sinks lower and lower until he is ruined. Failing to obtain money from either his wife or his father, Peter becomes a burglar. Sometime after, he breaks into his wife's home and inadvertently causes her death. Meanwhile, his father perfects a machine capable of detecting criminals, which is used to prove Peter's guilt. As Peter ...

    • Date: 1913
  • Film, Video

    The last man on Earth /

    The only survivor of a worldwide plague that wipes out the entire population fights for his life when the victims come back to life from their graves, thirsting for his blood.

    • Contributor: Swanson, Logan - Leicester, William F. - Lippert, Robert L. - Salkow, Sidney - Sawtell, Paul - Shefter, Bert - Price, Vincent - Bettoia, Franca - Danieli, Emma - Rossi-Stuart, Giacomo - Matheson, Richard - Associated Producers - Produzioni La Regina - Legend Films (firm) - Copyright Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 2008
  • Film, Video

    The great train robbery /

    From Edison films catalog: This sensational and highly tragic subject will certainly make a decided "hit" whenever shown. In every respect we consider it absolutely the superior of any moving picture ever made. It has been posed and acted in faithful duplication of the genuine "Hold Ups" made famous by various outlaw bands in the far West, and only recently the East has been ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Barnes, J. D. (justus D.) - Anderson, Gilbert M. - Smith, James Blair - Marble, Scott - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Edison Collection (library of Congress) - Museum of Modern Art Collection (library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    A morning bath /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogues (summary edited to remove offensive words): This scene presents a[n]... African mother in the act of giving her struggling [child] a bath in a tub of suds. This is a clear and distinct picture in which the contrast between the complexion of the bather and the white soapsuds is strongly marked. A very amusing and popular subject. From Edison ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (gordon) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1896
  • Film, Video

    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
  • Film, Video

    Chimmie Hicks at the races

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (47 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (47 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (47 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 18Apr1902; H16734. Original main title lacking. Approximate release date of Nov. 1900 ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Grapewin, Charles - Armitage, F. S. - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    Dud leaves home /

    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

    An artist's dream /

    "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 jumps up to embrace ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    Afraid of microbes /

    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.

    In the aftermath of a monumental explosion, reality shifts for everyone associated with the mystical island.

    • Contributor: Lilly, Evangeline - Garcia, Jorge - Holloway, Josh - Fox, Matthew - Emerson, Michael - Andrews, Naveen - O'quinn, Terry - Kim, Daniel Dae - Kim, Yunjin - De Ravin, Emilie ... Lilly, Evangeline - Garcia, Jorge - Holloway, Josh - Fox, Matthew - Emerson, Michael - Andrews, Naveen - O'quinn, Terry - Kim, Daniel Dae - Kim, Yunjin - De Ravin, Emilie - Cusick, Henry Ian - Lindelof, Damon - Abrams, J. J. (jeffrey Jacob) - Lieber, Jeffrey - Cuse, Carlton - Copyright Collection (library of Congress) - Abc Studios - Bad Robot (firm) - Touchstone Home Video (firm) - Buena Vista Home Entertainment (firm)
    • Date: 2010
  • Film, Video

    Tristan and Isolda /

    Accompanied by his slave Rosen, Tristan journeys to Ireland to bring Isolda back to be the bride of his uncle, King Mark of Cornwall. Rosen, however, is jealous of her master's attentions to Isolda and attempts to poison Tristan. At the last minute, the poison is changed to a love potion, which both Tristan and Isolda drink. Once back in Cornwall, the two run ...

    • Contributor: Falena, Ugo - Pezzinga, Giovanni - Mastracchio, Serafino - Bertini, Francesca - Lorenzoni, Bianca - Pathé Frères (france) - Pathé Frères (u.s.) - Shepard (david) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1911
  • Film, Video

    Grandma and the bad boys /

    From Edison films catalog: The scene opens in the kitchen which is strewn with cooking utensils, indicating that grandma is busy preparing the Christmas pastry. Two bad boys of the red headed, freckled face type, enter. The mischievous expressions on their faces indicate that they have already planned a huge joke on grandma. One of the boys climbs to the kitchen table and takes ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    The dreadful flu

    A humorous drama shows the devastating effects of an influenza epidemic on a Micronesian island. People are relieved when a supply of vaccine is ordered and everyone is urged to get immunized against future outbreaks.

    • Date: 2009
  • 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

    The artist's dilemma /

    "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 lady. The artist detects ...

    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. (albert Edward) - Vitagraph Company of America - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E.
    • Date: 1901
  • Film, Video

    The dinosaur and the missing link, a prehistoric tragedy /

    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
  • Film, Video

    Glenroy Bros.

    From Raff & Gammon price list: Farcical pugilists in costume. 15.00.

    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (william Kennedy-Laurie) - Heise, William - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Glenroy Brothers - Hendricks (gordon) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
  • Film, Video

    Capture of Boer battery by British /

    "Nothing can exceed the stubborn resistance shown by the Gordon Highlanders, as we see them steadily advancing in the face of a murderous fire of the Boers, who are making their guns speak with rapid volleys. One by one the gunners fall beside their guns, and as the smoke clears for an instant the Highlanders are seen gaining nearer and nearer the disputed ground. ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    The gay shoe clerk /

    From Edison films catalog: Scene shows interior of shoe-store. Young lady and chaperone enter. While a fresh young clerk is trying a pair of high-heeled slippers on the young lady, the chaperone seats herself and gets interested in a paper. The scene changes to a very close view, showing only the lady's foot and the clerk's hands tying the slipper. As her dress is ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    The Astor tramp /

    From Edison films catalog, no. 105: A side-splitting subject, showing the mistaken tramp's arrival at the famous New York hotel, the Waldorf-Astoria. The tramp inquires as to changing his nationality and asks also as to the results of this prospective change. The music and words accompanying are explanatory and can be either sung or spoken. The tramp calls to ask Waldorf's opinion as to ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    Buying a cow /

    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

    Buster and the dude /

    "Shows a millinery store in the shopping district, and Mrs. Brown with a lady friend, admiring the hats displayed in the window. Buster and Tige are standing in the foreground. A howling swell, leading a small dog bedecked with ribbons, recognizes Mrs. Brown and stops to chat. Buster becomes impatient, tugs at his mamma's dress, and endeavors to hurry her; but the dude waves ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Outcault, Richard Felton - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    Keeping up with the Joneses. [Women's styles] /

    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

    The phable of a busted romance /

    An animated cartoon about a workman who recovers and returns Miss Gotrox's lost purse containing 10,000 dollars, and receives a Canadian dime as a reward.

    • Contributor: Barré, Raoul - Powers, Tom E. - International Film Service - Ernst (louise) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1916
  • Film, Video

    Uncle Josh in a spooky hotel /

    From Edison films catalog: 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 ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    Capture of Boer battery /

    "By the Gordon Highlanders. In the foreground are two Creusot guns, manned by the Dutch burghers. Smoke effects are due. The Highlanders are seen in the distance, approaching rapidly, easily distinguished by their kilts and bare legs. They sweep all before them, leaving the guns smoking and deserted as they pursue the flying Boers"--New York clipper.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    English lancers charging /

    From Edison films catalog: The stubborn resistance of the Boers is shown by the activity and persistency with which they fire the two large field pieces immediately in the foreground. It seems, indeed, a hopeless matter to attempt to capture and overthrow such an invulnerable position. The British Lancers are seen advancing, urged on by their officers, with the Royal colors flying in the ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Mitchell, Mason - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    A wake in "Hell's Kitchen"

    motion picture | 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. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    A dull razor /

    From Edison films catalog: This picture shows an old gentleman seated at his shaving table. The razor is evidently giving him a great deal of trouble, as he catches hold of the brush and with a great show of impatience he hurriedly coats his face with the foaming soap and makes a second attempt at removing his beard. He scrapes and scrapes, and judging ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    Why Jones discharged his clerks /

    From Edison films catalog: Great hit. Two delinquent clerks are seated in a broker's office engaged in a game of cards. The boss suddenly appears walking through the corridor. The cards are thrown down in great haste and when the employer enters the office the clerks are apparently busily engaged in their work. The boss looks over the mail and then sits down behind ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    Congress of nations /

    "A new and sensational film, which deals in a highly up-to-date manner with the international situation. A magician steps upon the stage carrying a hoop covered with white paper. Then in quick succession the flags of Germany, Russia, Ireland, England and China are brought forth and from each a soldier is produced corresponding with the flag of each nation. The magician adds a bit ...

    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. (albert Edward) - Vitagraph Company of America - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E.
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    Foxy Grandpa and Polly in a little hilarity

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (30 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch pos. | 1 reel of 1 (30 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch neg. | 1 reel of 1 (30 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos. | 1 roll (30 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Hart, Joseph - Demar, Carrie - Bonine, R. (robert K.) - Brady, William A. - Bunny - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1902
  • Film, Video

    Christopher Columbus /

    Reenacts scenes from the life of Christopher Columbus, including the discovery of America.

    • Contributor: Feuillade, Louis - Société Des Établissements Gaumont - George Kleine (firm) - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1910
  • Film, Video

    Stealing a dinner

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 13June1903; H32633. Original main title lacking. Duration: 0:50 at 16 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    Humorous phases of funny faces /

    J. Stuart Blackton "draws" a series of funny faces, including a line drawing of two faces, a man with an umbrella, a line drawing of two faces in profile, a clown, faces of "Coon and Cohen," the profile of a seated man, and a bottle of Medoc.

    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Vitagraph Company of America - Afi/Blackton (j. Stuart) Collection (library of Congress) - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906
  • Film, Video

    Bombardment of Taku forts, by the Allied fleets /

    From Edison films catalog: The scene opens by showing the battleships maneuvering for a position. They finally draw up in line of battle and commence firing on the shore batteries. Immense volumes of smoke arise from the fleet and from the distant shore. Shots are seen to fall thickly among the vessels and immense bodies of water are thrown up by the explosion of ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    The enchanted drawing /

    "Upon a large sheet of white paper a cartoonist is seen at work rapidly sketching the portrait of an elderly gentleman of most comical feature and expression. After completing the likeness the artist rapidly draws on the paper a clever sketch of a bottle of wine and a goblet, and then, to the surprise of all, actually removes them from the paper on which ...

    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. (albert Edward) - Vitagraph Company of America - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E.
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    Lost a pretty little dog /

    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

    Tenderloin at night /

    77521 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 27Nov1899; 77521. Duration: 2:02 at 16 fps. Filmed ca. June to September 1899, probably in West Orange, New Jersey. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 533; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    Duel scene, "By right of sword"

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (103 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (103 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (103 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 16Jan1904; H40943. Original main title lacking. Duration: 1:43 at 16 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    Band drill /

    From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: From "Milk White Flag." Marching band with leader at the head.

    • Contributor: Dickson, W. K.-L. (william Kennedy-Laurie) - Heise, William - Baldwin, Frank - Boardman, Fred W. - Cushing, Willia - Dorsch, Ad. - Brown, E. P. - Boardman, J.F - Goddard, George - Balch, E. F. - Pfarr, Paul - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Hendricks (gordon) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1894
  • Film, Video

    The skyscrapers of New York /

    This melodrama was filmed during the actual construction of a skyscraper in New York City, and includes several scenes of real work crews: a line of bricklayers [Frame: 1773 (part 1)], a man heating rivets in a forge [2459 (part 1)], riveters assembling steel girders [2859 (part 1)], men astride the steel framework maneuvering and setting a girder in place [3930 (part 1)], and ...

    • Contributor: Dobson, F. A. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1906
  • Film, Video

    Wanderers of the desert

    Aspect ratio: 16 x 9. Original film: 1986, France. Also known as Les baliseurs du désert. Cert. Not available [BBFC]. DVD Region 1. Colour. PAL. Arabic with English subtitles (optional).

    • Contributor: Khemir, Nacer
    • Date: 2008
  • 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

    Pity the blind, no. 2

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (52 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (52 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (51 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 2Feb1904; H41755. Original main title lacking. Duration: 0:51 at 16 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1904
  • Film, Video

    [Gertie on tour--excerpts] /

    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 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

    Fun in a bakery shop /

    The set is of the interior of a bakery. A man in a baker's hat and costume enters and begins kneading some dough on a table by the oven. He notices a make-believe rat crawling up the side of a nearby barrel and throws the dough at the rat, covering it completely. He then goes over to the dough and begins to pummel it ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1902
  • Film, Video

    Interrupted lovers /

    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
  • Film, Video

    Rube and Mandy at Coney Island /

    This film records a trip around Coney Island by a couple made up as country bumpkins. The camera placement shows their entrance, exit, and participation in the various concessions. In the next-to-last scene, the two approach a hot dog stand, and each buys a hot dog and eats it in a greedy manner while walking toward the camera. In the final scence, the camera ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    La poule phénomène /

    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

    Indians and 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

    Ching Ling Foo outdone /

    From Edison films catalog: The magician enters upon the stage, and removing a covering from a small table, shakes it before the audience to show that there is nothing whatever concealed inside, places the cloth upon the floor, and when he removes it a large washtub is found to be entirely filled with water, which he splashes before the audience to show that there ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    Boers bringing in British prisoners /

    From Edison films catalog: Here we have a mixed Company of Gordon Highlanders, Irish Fusilliers and English Lancers, as a group of prisoners taken to the rear by a troop of Boer Cavalry. The expression of their faces show who is the victor, and who the vanquished. You can read in the dust and smoke-begrimed countenances of the prisoners, the story of their stubborn ...

    • Contributor: White, James H. (james Henry) - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1900
  • Film, Video

    The serenaders

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Nov1902; H23801. Original main title lacking. Bitzer is listed as cameraman on ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
    • Date: 1899
  • Film, Video

    Levi & Cohen, the Irish comedians

    motion picture | 1 reel of 1 (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print. | 1 reel of 1 (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg. | 1 roll (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos. | Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 8July1903; H33281. Original main title lacking. Duration: 0:58 at 17 fps. Materials ...

    • Contributor: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Bitzer, G. W. - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1903
  • Film, Video

    [The centaurs--excerpts] /

    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