Film, Video The gay shoe clerk

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The gay shoe clerk
"Scene shows interior of shoe-store. Young lady and chaperone enter. While a fresh young clerk is trying a pair of high-heeled slippers on the young lady, the chaperone seats herself and gets interested in a paper. The scene changes to a very close view, showing only the lady's foot and the clerk's hands tying the slipper. As her dress is slightly raised, showing a shapely ankle, the clerk's hands become very nervous, making it difficult for him to tie the slipper. The picture changes back to former scene. The clerk makes rapid progress with his fair customer, and while he is in the act of kissing her the chaperone looks up from her paper, and proceeds to beat the clerk with an umbrella. He falls backward off the stool. Then she takes the young lady by the arm, and leads her from the store. Length: 75 feet"--Edison films catalog, no. 185.
Contributor Names
Porter, Edwin S., production.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1903.
Subject Headings
-  Womanizers--Humor
-  Shoes--Fitting--Humor
-  Clerks--Humor
-  Flirting--Humor
Comedy films
Silent films
Short films
Fiction films
-  H34389 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 12Aug1903; H34389.
-  Duration: 1:11 at 16 fps.
-  Filmed July 23, 1903 at the Edison studio in New York City.
-  Paper print shelf number (LC 0454) 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. Before the nickelodeon, p. 245-249; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 115; Edison films catalog, no. 185, October supplement 1903, p. 20 [MI]; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 399.
-  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 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 75 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
dupe neg pic (copy 2) 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 75 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 75 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. 75 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 75 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number/Physical Location
FLA 3468 (viewing print)
FEB 9413 (viewing print)
FRA 0750 (dupe neg pic)
FPE 5236 (dupe neg pic)
FPE 5474 (dupe neg pic, copy 2)
FRB 3092 (master pos pic)
Box 0830C (paper pos)
Box 5575D (paper pos, copy 2)
Source Collection
Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D. C. 20540 USA dcu
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Thomas A. Edison, Inc, and Paper Print Collection. The Gay Shoe Clerk. produceds by Porter, Edwin S.Uction United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1903. Video.

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