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Film, Video The burglar's slide for life

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  • The burglar's slide for life


  • "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 friend, so she lights the lamp and explains how it is operated. Soon the steam begins to come out of the top of the bath. Out jumps the burglar, carrying the cloth sides with him, and makes his escape by jumping through the window. The ladies now call the dog, who rushes into the room and follows the burglar. In jumping out of the window the burglar seizes a clothes line stretched from the house to a pole in the back yard and endeavors to reach the ground by a succession of slides from floor to floor. In the meantime the dog follows suit and finally overtakes the burglar in mid-air and securely fastens his teeth in the burglar's trousers. They both finally drop to the ground together and after a struggle the burglar manages to free himself and climbs to the top of a ten-foot fence. The excitement has aroused the whole neighborhood and in every back yard window a man or woman is leaning out, cheering and yelling encouragement to the dog. Reaching the top of the fence the burglar stops to get his breath and imagining himself perfectly safe he turns round and puts his fingers to his nose. In an instant the dog is after him again and before he can move the dog leaps to the top of the fence and pulls him back into the yard. While the dog keeps his hold the women beat the burglar with brooms, to the intense delight of all. 265 Ft."--Edison films catalog, no. 288.


  • Porter, Edwin S., production
  • Mannie (Dog)
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1905.


  • -  Burglars--Humor
  • -  Dogs--Humor
  • -  Clotheslines--Humor
  • -  Apartment dwellers--Humor
  • -  Punishment--Humor
  • -  Vapor baths--Humor


  • Comedy films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  H60117 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 28Apr1905; H60117.
  • -  Duration: 5:06 at 16 fps.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 1969) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Before the nickelodeon, p. 311-312, 317, 324; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 41; Edison films catalog, no. 288, July 1906, p. 35 [MI]; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 135.
  • -  Performer: Mannie, the Edison dog.
  • -  Photographed on April 14 and April 17, 1905 at the Edison studio in New York City.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (133 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 265 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (133 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 265 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 265 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 265 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4983 (viewing print)
  • FEB 9736 (viewing print)
  • FRA 0357 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPE 5075 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 1001A (paper pos)
  • Box 5556A (paper pos, copy 2)


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

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00694163

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Mannie, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. The Burglar's Slide for Life. produceds by Porter, Edwin S.Uction United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1905. Video.

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Mannie, Thomas A. Edison, I. & Paper Print Collection. (1905) The Burglar's Slide for Life. Porter, E. S. U., prod United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Mannie, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. The Burglar's Slide for Life. prod by Porter, Edwin S.Uction United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1905. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.