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  • The peachbasket hat

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  • Title in Early motion pictures: Peach-basket hat


  • Mr. Jones and Mrs. Jones are reading the morning paper. He reads an article about a kidnapping by gypsies. She spots an ad for hats. Upon leaving the house, Mr. Jones sees a family of gypsies reading the neighbor's palm, and returns to warn the maid. Later, Mrs. Jones goes hat shopping, leaving the baby with the maid, who invites the gypsies into the house to read her palm. They just happen to have a baby about the same age as baby Jones. When Mrs. Jones returns with her new, very large "peach basket" hat, the maid hides the gypsy family behind a curtain. As soon as possible, she hustles them out of the house. In the hubub, the very large hatbox falls off the table and over the baby who is sitting on the floor. Assuming the child has been stolen by the gypsies, Mr. and Mrs. Jones and the maid give chase. They are joined by two delivery men who saw the gypsy family and assumed the worst. A policeman is also enlisted in the chase, which is joined by more and more townspeople. When they catch up with the gypsy family, they realized their mistake and the Joneses return home, where their own baby is finally discovered under the box, and the household is restored to normal.


  • Griffith, D. W. (David Wark), 1875-1948, direction
  • Woods, Frank E., writing
  • Marvin, Arthur W., 1861-1911, camera
  • Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera
  • Cumpson, John R., 1868-1913, cast
  • Lawrence, Florence, 1890-1938, cast
  • Hendrie, Anita, 1864-1940, cast
  • Leonard, Marion, 1881-1956, cast
  • Prior, Herbert, 1867-1954, cast
  • Arvidson, Linda, 1884-1949, cast
  • Mersereau, Violet, 1892-1975, cast
  • Johnson, Arthur V., 1876-1916, cast
  • Sennett, Mack, 1880-1960, cast
  • Moore, Owen, 1886-1939, cast
  • Harron, Robert, 1894-1920, cast
  • Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979, cast
  • O'Sullivan, Tony, -1920, cast
  • Avery, Charles, 1873-1926, cast
  • MacPherson, Jeanie, 1887-1946, cast
  • Biograph Company
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Biograph Co., 1909.


  • -  Fear of crime--Humor
  • -  Romanies--Humor
  • -  Shopping--Humor
  • -  Women's hats--Humor


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


  • -  H128739 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Biograph Co.; 24Jun1909; H128739.
  • -  John R. Cumpson, Florence Lawrence, Anita Hendrie, Marion Leonard, Herbert Prior, Linda Arvidson, Violet Mersereau, Arthur Johnson, Mack Sennett, Owen Moore, Robert Harron, Mary Pickford, Anthony O'Sullivan, Charles Avery, Jeannie MacPherson.
  • -  Camera, Arthur Marvin, G.W. Bitzer.
  • -  LC copies lack interior titles.
  • -  Photographed on May 1 and May 6, 1909 in Fort Lee, New Jersey and in the Biograph studio in New York City.
  • -  Parts of summary from The Griffith project, v. 2.
  • -  Biograph production no. 3578.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2673) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 246-247; The Griffith project, v. 2, program sequence no. 146; Biograph production logs; Biograph bulletins, 1908-1912, p. 101; Christel Schmidt's The Search for a Film Legacy: Mary Pickford (1909-1933) WWW site, viewed September 28, 2015.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.


  • 1 video file (digital, MPEG-4) (ca. 7 min.) : si., b&w.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (244 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (244 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 700 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 700 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 5632 (viewing print)
  • FRA 2478 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 0527A (paper pos)
  • Box 5548A (paper pos, copy 2)

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2015600216

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  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Woods, Frank E., Writing, Arthur W Marvin, G. W Bitzer, John R Cumpson, Florence Lawrence, Anita Hendrie, Marion Leonard, et al. The Peachbasket Hat. directeds by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: Biograph Co, 1909. Video.

APA citation style:

Woods, F. E., Marvin, A. W., Bitzer, G. W., Cumpson, J. R., Lawrence, F., Hendrie, A. [...] Paper Print Collection. (1909) The Peachbasket Hat. Griffith, D. W., dir United States: Biograph Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Woods, Frank E., Writing, et al. The Peachbasket Hat. dir by Griffith, D. W. , Ection United States: Biograph Co, 1909. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.