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Film, Video Mesmerist and country couple

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Title

  • Mesmerist and country couple

Summary

  • "Mr. and Mrs. Hayseed have heard of this wonderful Professor, and come to his office. They waken him from a trance, give him a fee and he hypnotizes them. The stunts they do while under his influence would make the Sphinx laugh for joy. Hayseed stands on his head, balances himself on a chair and takes off his clothes. Mrs. Hayseed also begins to disrobe, but she goes behind a screen. Her bare arm appears over the top, and she drops her clothes on the floor. It is a hair raising moment to guess what she's going to do next. The mystical appearances and lightning changes are managed with wonderful cleverness. 100 feet"--Edison films catalog, no. 105.

Names

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

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1899.

Headings

  • -  Hypnotism--Humor
  • -  Mesmerism--Humor
  • -  Mesmerists--Humor
  • -  Farmers--Humor

Genre

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

Notes

  • -  40080 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 17June1899; 40080.
  • -  Duration: 1:44 at 16 fps.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 1708) 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. 509; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 204; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 84-85 [MI]; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 667.
  • -  Camera, Albert E. Smith.
  • -  J. Stuart Blackton (Professor).
  • -  Filmed in May to mid-June 1899, in Vitagraph's rooftop studio in 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 (48 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 100 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (48 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 100 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 100 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 100 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4722 (viewing print)
  • FEC 2823 (viewing print)
  • FRA 1737 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPE 9637 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 2429 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0496D (paper pos)
  • Box 5163A (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

  • 00694244

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

American Vitagraph Company, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. Mesmerist and Country Couple. produceds by Blackton, James Stuart, Uction, Cast, and Smith, Albert E. , Uction, Camera United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1899. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/00694244/.

APA citation style:

American Vitagraph Company, Thomas A. Edison, I. & Paper Print Collection. (1899) Mesmerist and Country Couple. Blackton, J. S. & Smith, A. E., prods United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00694244/.

MLA citation style:

American Vitagraph Company, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. Mesmerist and Country Couple. prod by Blackton, James Stuart, Uction, Cast, and Smith, Albert E. , Uction, Camera United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1899. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/00694244/>.