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  • Film, Video

    Maude's naughty little brother /

    "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 in unobserved, and producing ...

    • 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

    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

    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

    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

    What happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City /

    A street level view from the sidewalk, looking along the length of 23rd Street. Following actuality footage of pedestrians and street traffic, the actors, a man in summer attire and a woman in an ankle-length dress, walk toward the camera. As they cross a grate on the sidewalk they pause, and the escaping air blows the woman's dress to her knees. From a contemporary ...

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

    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

    Chrysanthemums

    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

    Shooting captured insurgents

    "A file of Spanish soldiers line up the Cubans against a blank wall and fire a volley. The flash of rifles and drifting smoke make a very striking picture. 50 feet"--Edison films catalog.

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

    [Buster's dog to the rescue] /

    "Shows a kitchen and Bridget busy making crullers. Buster enters and begs Bridget to give him one. Bridget refuses and places all the crullers in a basket on the top pantry shelf. She warns Buster not to touch them, and leaves the room. Buster secures a stepladder and proceeds to climb to the top. As he is about to secure the coveted prize his ...

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

    Little mischief /

    "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 patience, and makes such ...

    • Contributor: Blackton, James Stuart - Smith, Albert E. (albert Edward) - American Vitagraph Company - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Afi/Holt (h.l.) Collection (library of Congress) - Smith, Albert E.
    • Date: 1900
  • 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

    The golden beetle /

    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

    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

    Buster makes room for his mama at the bargain counter /

    "Shows a bargain counter in a department store and a large gathering of women examining goods. It is a special sale, and a great deal of interest is shown by the ladies, who jostle and crowd each other to secure the choicest bargains. Mrs. Brown enters, accompanied by Buster and Tige. Mrs. Brown is unable to get near the counter and is in despair. ...

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

    The sculptor's nightmare

    At a political club, the members debate whose bust will replace that of Theodore Roosevelt. Unable to agree, each goes to a sculptor's studio and bribes him to sculpt a bust of the individual favorite. Instead, the sculptor spends their fees on a dinner with his model during which he becomes so inebriated that he is taken to jail. There he has a nightmare, ...

    • Contributor: McCutcheon, Wallace - Bitzer, G. W. - Sennett, Mack - Solter, Harry L. - O'sullivan, Tony - Dillon, Edward - Griffith, D. W. (david Wark) - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1908
  • Film, Video

    La vie et la passion de Jésus-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

    How a French nobleman got a wife through the New York Herald personal columns

    "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 "Herald," and finally locates ...

    • Contributor: Porter, Edwin S. - Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904
  • 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

    [Buster and Tige put a balloon vendor out of business] /

    "Shows an Italian balloon vender near the "Flat-iron" Building, New York City. Mrs. Brown and Buster appear on the scene. Buster begins teasing his mamma to buy him a balloon, but she refuses. Buster whistles for Tige, and at the same time jostles the vender, who roughly brushes him aside. Seeing a chance to get a balloon for nothing, Buster sets Tige upon the ...

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

    [The effects of new wine] /

    A family travels by train to the country for a picnic; they are served new wine at a riverside café and then they wander along the banks of a river. Several members of the party become ill and have to search for a place to relieve themselves.

    • Contributor: Société Des Établissements Gaumont - Kleine (george) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 190?
  • 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

    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

    Pity the blind, no. 2

    Filmed version of a popular vaudeville gag, as if from the audience of a variety theater. A boy, holding a sign under his arm, leads a man onto a stage with a painted backdrop of a city street corner. With his dark glasses and cane, the man is apparently blind. He kneels down slightly left of center stage and lays down his hat and ...

    • Contributor: Weed, A. E. - American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Paper Print Collection (library of Congress) - Niver (kemp) Collection (library of Congress)
    • Date: 1904