Film, Video How a French nobleman got a wife through the New York Herald personal columns

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Title
How a French nobleman got a wife through the New York Herald personal columns
Summary
"The picture opens with a "Personal" advertisement which actually appeared in the New York Herald of August 25th, 1904: "Young French Nobleman, recently arrived, desires to meet wealthy American girl; object matrimony; will be at Grant's Tomb at 10 this morning, wearing boutonniere of violets." The first scene shows the young "Nobleman" in his dressing room. He picks up the "Herald," and finally locates his "ad" with evident satisfaction. He then fastens a large bunch of violets to the lapel of his coat and departs for rendezvous. The next scene shows the "Nobleman" at Grant's Tomb, pacing impatiently back and forth. Soon a handsome young lady passes him, and seeing the violets, mutual recognition quickly follows. Another lady soon arrives, and others in rapid succession until the young Frenchman is completely surrounded. He finally escapes and runs for his life down the Riverside Drive, pursued by a dozen or more of his fair would-be captors, a stout lady in white bringing up the rear. He leads the girls a merry chase over sand banks, fallen trees, through bushes, over rail fences, and finally escapes, as he thinks, by wading into a pond up to his waist. The girls finally reach the pond and stand on the bank, imploring him to come ashore. But the Frenchman pays no heed to them. Finally the stout lady, who has been last throughout the entire race, arrives upon the scene, and without hesitating for an instant she dashes into the water and finally captures first prize and a titled husband in the bargain, again proving the old adage that "The race is not always to the swift." 675 ft."--Edison films catalog.
Contributor Names
Porter, Edwin S., direction, camera.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1904.
Subject Headings
-  Marriage--Humor
-  Matrimonial advertisements--New York (State)--New York--Humor
-  Personals--New York (State)--New York--Humor
-  New York herald--Humor
-  Nobility--France--Conduct of life--Humor
-  General Grant National Memorial (New York, N.Y.)
-  Riverside Drive (New York, N.Y.)
Genre
Comedy films
Chase films
Silent films
Short films
Fiction films
Notes
-  H49524 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 26Aug1904; H49524.
-  Camera, Edwin S. Porter.
-  Duration: 11:04 at 16 fps.
-  Filmed August 23-24, 1904 in New York City and Englewood, New Jersey.
-  According to the AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, this film was sold complete, or in the following separate scenes: Personal ad and Nobleman; Grant's Tomb; Riverside Drive; Across the fields; Down the sand bank; Through the woods; Rail fence; Down the pike; Caught at last.
-  Paper print shelf number (LC 2504) 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: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 147; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 487-488; Edison films catalog, no. 288 (July, 1906), p. 31-32.
-  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 (287 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 675 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (287 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 675 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 300 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 675 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 675 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number/Physical Location
FLA 5462 (viewing print)
FEB 9452 (viewing print)
FRA 2349 (dupe neg pic)
FPE 9257 (dupe neg pic)
FRB 0405 (master pos pic)
Box 0331A (paper pos)
Box 5110A (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.2504
edmp 2504s2
edmp 2504s3
Library of Congress Control Number
00694227
Language
English
Online Format
image
video
OCLC Number
98799119
Description
"The picture opens with a "Personal" advertisement which actually appeared in the New York Herald of August 25th, 1904: "Young French Nobleman, recently arrived, desires to meet wealthy American girl; object matrimony; will be at Grant's Tomb at 10 this morning, wearing boutonniere of violets." The first scene shows the young "Nobleman" in his dressing room. He picks up the "Herald," and finally locates his "ad" with evident satisfaction. He then fastens a large bunch of violets to the lapel of his coat and departs for rendezvous. The next scene shows the "Nobleman" at Grant's Tomb, pacing impatiently back and forth. Soon a handsome young lady passes him, and seeing the violets, mutual recognition quickly follows. Another lady soon arrives, and others in rapid succession until the young Frenchman is completely surrounded. He finally escapes and runs for his life down the Riverside Drive, pursued by a dozen or more of his fair would-be captors, a stout lady in white bringing up the rear. He leads the girls a merry chase over sand banks, fallen trees, through bushes, over rail fences, and finally escapes, as he thinks, by wading into a pond up to his waist. The girls finally reach the pond and stand on the bank, imploring him to come ashore. But the Frenchman pays no heed to them. Finally the stout lady, who has been last throughout the entire race, arrives upon the scene, and without hesitating for an instant she dashes into the water and finally captures first prize and a titled husband in the bargain, again proving the old adage that "The race is not always to the swift." 675 ft."--Edison films catalog.
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