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.
Contributor 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.
Subject 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.
-  Filmed ca. September to early November 1900, on Vitagraph's roof-top studio in New York, New York.
-  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.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  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.
-  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
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/edmp.0840
Library of Congress Control Number
00694177
Language
English
Online Format
image
video
Description
"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.
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https://lccn.loc.gov/00694177
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Vitagraph Company Of America, Inc Thomas A. Edison, Paper Print Collection, and Niver. The Clown and the Alchemist. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1900. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/00694177/.

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

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