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Film, Video The clown and the alchemist

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Title

  • The clown and the alchemist

Summary

  • "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 calling two hooded assistants, orders a huge cauldron brought in. The climax, by which the clown finally disposes of the alchemist, is startling in the extreme. 80 feet"--Edison films catalog.

Names

  • Blackton, James Stuart, 1875-1941, production
  • Smith, Albert E. (Albert Edward), 1875-1958, production
  • Vitagraph Company of America
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1900.

Headings

  • -  Magic tricks--Humor
  • -  Alchemy--Humor
  • -  Alchemists--Humor
  • -  Clowns--Humor

Genre

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

Notes

  • -  D21657 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 16Nov1900; D21657.
  • -  Duration: 1:18 at 16 fps.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 0840) 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. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 642-643; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 59; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 81 [MI]; American Film Institute catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 198.
  • -  Filmed ca. September to early November 1900, on Vitagraph's roof-top studio in New York, New York.
  • -  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.

Medium

  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (31 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 80 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (31 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 80 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 30 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 80 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 80 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 3854 (viewing print)
  • FEC 2832 (viewing print)
  • FRA 1066 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPE 9619 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 2287 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0188B (paper pos)
  • Box 5518B (paper pos, copy 2)

Repository

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

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00694177

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Vitagraph Company Of America, Inc Thomas A. Edison, Paper Print Collection, and Niver. The Clown and the Alchemist. produceds by Blackton, James Stuart, Uction, and Smith, Albert E. , Uction United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1900. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/00694177/.

APA citation style:

Vitagraph Company Of America, Thomas A. Edison, I., Paper Print Collection & Niver. (1900) The Clown and the Alchemist. Blackton, J. S. & Smith, A. E., prods United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00694177/.

MLA citation style:

Vitagraph Company Of America, et al. The Clown and the Alchemist. prod by Blackton, James Stuart, Uction, and Smith, Albert E. , Uction United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1900. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/00694177/>.