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Film, Video A dull razor

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About this Item

Title

  • A dull razor

Summary

  • "This picture shows an old gentleman seated at his shaving table. The razor is evidently giving him a great deal of trouble, as he catches hold of the brush and with a great show of impatience he hurriedly coats his face with the foaming soap and makes a second attempt at removing his beard. He scrapes and scrapes, and judging from the painful facial expressions, the razor grows duller with every stroke. The old man makes a new and ludicrous twitch of the mouth every time he draws the razor across his face. This is a 50 foot film of an ordinary scene of every day life, and its mirth provoking merits have never been surpassed"--Edison films catalog no. 105.

Names

  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1900.

Headings

  • -  Shaving--Humor
  • -  Razors--Humor
  • -  Older men--Humor
  • -  Facial expression--Humor

Genre

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

Notes

  • -  D4732 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 28Feb1900; D4732.
  • -  Duration: 0:44 at 16 fps.
  • -  According to Musser's Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, although this film was copyrighted by Edison, it does not appear to have been made at the Edison studio, or by Edison producers or affiliated filmmakers. May be a foreign production.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 0878) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 577; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. ; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 70 [MI]; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 292.
  • -  Probably filmed in February, 1900.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  paper pos (copy 2) Received: 1900-02-28; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
  • -  Paper print roll lacking suffix.

Medium

  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (17 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (17 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 20 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 3892 (viewing print)
  • FEB 9696 (viewing print)
  • FRA 1114 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPE 5254 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 2293 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0122D (paper pos)
  • Box 5190 (paper pos, copy 2)

Source Collection

  • Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)

Repository

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

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00694191

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Thomas A. Edison, Inc, and Paper Print Collection. A Dull Razor. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1900. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/00694191/.

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