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Film, Video The skyscrapers of New York Copyright title: Skyscrapers

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  • The skyscrapers of New York

Other Title

  • Copyright title: Skyscrapers


  • The story involves a construction foreman who fires one of his crew for fighting, which leads the disgruntled employee to steal. He then cause the blame to be put on the foreman, who is finally exonerated when the thief is exposed. All of this conflict is woven in and around the actual construction of the building as the work is in progress. There is even one scene of a hand-to-hand fight between the foreman and the villain that takes place on the unprotected ledge of the steel framework of the building.


  • Slevin, Jim, cast
  • Gauntier, Gene, 1885-1966, cast
  • Dobson, F. A., camera
  • American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1906.


  • -  Skyscrapers--New York (State)--New York--Drama
  • -  Construction workers--New York (State)--New York--Drama
  • -  Theft--Drama
  • -  False testimony--Drama
  • -  Vindication--Drama


  • Melodramas (Motion pictures)
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  H86424 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Dec1906; H86424.
  • -  Camera, Fred A. Dobson.
  • -  Jim Slevin, Gene Gauntier.
  • -  Duration: 11:25 at 15 fps.
  • -  Summary from Early motion pictures, p. 301.
  • -  Filmed during the actual construction of a skyscraper in New York City, and includes several scenes of real work crews: a line of bricklayers [Frame: 1773], a man heating rivets in a forge [2459], riveters assembling steel girders [2859], men astride the steel framework maneuvering and setting a girder in place [3930], and a group of men descending on a crane line [5912]. Some New York City landmarks seen in the film include Union Square (between Broadway and 4th Avenue, 14th-17th Street), and the Everett House, opposite the northeast corner of the square at 17th St. and 4th Avenue [1056].
  • -  Biograph production no. 3258.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2958) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Photographed November 8, 14, and 15, 1906. Location: 12th Street and Broadway, and studio, New York, N.Y.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 301; Biograph bulletins 1896-1908, p. 279, 287, 318.
  • -  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 (284 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (284 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (710 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 710 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 710 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 5702 (viewing print)
  • FRA 2682 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPE 5302 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 0364A (paper pos)
  • Box 5206A (paper pos, copy 2)


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

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00694391

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Slevin, Jim, Cast, Gene Gauntier, F. A Dobson, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. The skyscrapers of New York. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1906. Video.

APA citation style:

Slevin, J., Gauntier, G., Dobson, F. A., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1906) The skyscrapers of New York. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Slevin, Jim, Cast, et al. The skyscrapers of New York. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1906. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.