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  • Bucking broncho

Other Title

  • Bucking bronco
  • Bucking bronchos


  • "A fine exhibition of horsemanship by Lee Martin, a genuine cowboy. This particular broncho is an unusually wicked one. 40 feet"--Edison films catalog, no. 105.


  • Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie), 1860-1935, production.
  • Heise, William, camera.
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc.

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., [1894]


  • -  Martin, Lee--(Cowboy)
  • -  Hammitt, Frank,--1869-1903
  • -  Bronc riding--United States
  • -  Cowboys--United States
  • -  Horsemanship--United States
  • -  Buffalo Bill's Wild West & Congress of Rough Riders of the World


  • Actualities (Motion pictures)
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Appearing: Lee Martin, Frank Hammitt.
  • -  Camera, William Heise.
  • -  Duration: 0:21 at 30 fps.
  • -  Filmed October 16, 1894, at the Edison laboratory in West Orange, N.J.
  • -  Lee Martin and Frank Hammitt were cowboy stars appearing in Buffalo Bill's Wild West. In October, 1894, the two cowboys brought their favorite horses, Sunfish and El Diablo, to appear before Edison kinetograph in West Orange, New Jersey. The interior of the Black Maria studio was not large enough to accomodate the horses, so an area to the rear of the studio was fenced off for the cowboys. Martin gave an exhibition of broncho busting on Sunfish, while Hammitt sat on the fence and fired off his revolver.
  • -  Sources used: Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 140-141; "Before the Kinetograph", the Orange journal, October 18, 1894, p. 5 (in Edison motion pictures, 1890-1900); Raff & Gammon. Price list of films, ca. June 1895, p. 1 [MI]; Maguire & Baucus. Edison and international photographic films catalogue, April 1897, p. 3 [MI]; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 49 [MI].
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  35 mm viewing print renumbered: FEC 8099 to FYA 3355.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (39 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FYA 3355 (viewing print)

Source Collection

  • Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00694113

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Heise, William, Camera, and Inc Thomas A. Edison. Bucking Broncho. produceds by Dickson, W. K.-L. , Uction [United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1894] Video.

APA citation style:

Heise, W. & Thomas A. Edison, I. (1894) Bucking Broncho. Dickson, W. K. -., prod [United States: Edison Manufacturing Co] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Heise, William, Camera, and Inc Thomas A. Edison. Bucking Broncho. prod by Dickson, W. K.-L. , Uction [United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1894] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.