Film, Video Subub surprises the burglar

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Title
Subub surprises the burglar
Summary
Opens on a bedroom set, with a man in a white nightshirt asleep on a Murphy bed. The bedroom window is raised from the outside, and a man dressed in black clothes and cap enters, furtively looks around the room, and checks to see that the bed's occupant is asleep. The burglar then rummages through the clothes in a chest of drawers and, finding nothing of interest, turns to the homeowner's pants near the bed. As the burglar finds and pockets a wallet, Subub awakes, sees the burglar, and activates the bed so that it closes up into the wall. The underside of the Murphy bed appears to be metal, with what look to be six canon or gun holes. As the burglar turns and notices the folded bed, gunfire shoots from the bed's portholes. With the sixth and final shot, the burglar blows up and disappears in a cloud of smoke, through the use of stop-motion cinematography. An American flag is raised from the top of the curious weapon and the bed unfolds, with Subub gleefully clapping and waving his arms.
From Edison films catalog: Picture shows bedroom, and man asleep in bed. A burglar raises the window cautiously, climbs in, and proceeds to go through the man's clothes. The man awakes and pulls a lever, closing himself up in the folding bed, the bottom of which is iron-clad, with guns and portholes. The burglar is dumbfounded, and cannot move. Subbubs turns his battery loose, blowing the burglar to pieces. He then raises an American flag on a staff on top of the bed as a signal of victory. The bed opens up again and Subbubs goes to sleep. Length 65 feet. Class B. $7.80.
Contributor Names
Porter, Edwin S., camera.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1903.
Subject Headings
-  Burglary protection--United States--Drama
-  Burglars--United States--Drama
-  Homeowners--United States--Drama
-  Dwellings--Security measures--United States--Drama
-  Beds--United States--Drama
-  Ordnance--Drama
-  Silent films
Genre
Comedies
Vaudeville
Shorts
Trick films
Notes
-  H34382 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 11Aug1903; H34382.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Duration: 1:04 at 16 fps.
-  Materials listed originate from the paper print chosen best copy of two for digitization; for other holdings on this title, see the M/B/RS Paper Print database.
-  Catalog no. 5745; code name (for telegraphic orders) Utrobidem.
-  Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site (http://lcweb.loc.gov)
-  NCN047542; Subub surprises the burglar.
-  Filmed in Edison's New York City studio.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; AFI cat.: film beginnings, 1893-1910, 1995; Edison films catalog, no. 225, July 1904, p. 23.
-  Received: 7/2/96 from LC film lab; ref print, masterpos, and arch pos; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 3/6/96 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 8/11/03; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
Medium
1 reel of 1 (64 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (64 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 reel of 1 (64 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos.
1 reel of 1 (64 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch pos.
1 roll (64 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number/Physical Location
FEC 2514 (ref print)
FPE 8520 (dupe neg)
FPE 8521 (masterpos)
FPE 8522 (arch pos)
LC 308b (paper pos)
Library of Congress Control Number
96519501
Online Format
image
video
Description
Opens on a bedroom set, with a man in a white nightshirt asleep on a Murphy bed. The bedroom window is raised from the outside, and a man dressed in black clothes and cap enters, furtively looks around the room, and checks to see that the bed's occupant is asleep. The burglar then rummages through the clothes in a chest of drawers and, finding nothing of interest, turns to the homeowner's pants near the bed. As the burglar finds and pockets a wallet, Subub awakes, sees the burglar, and activates the bed so that it closes up into the wall. The underside of the Murphy bed appears to be metal, with what look to be six canon or gun holes. As the burglar turns and notices the folded bed, gunfire shoots from the bed's portholes. With the sixth and final shot, the burglar blows up and disappears in a cloud of smoke, through the use of stop-motion cinematography. An American flag is raised from the top of the curious weapon and the bed unfolds, with Subub gleefully clapping and waving his arms. From Edison films catalog: Picture shows bedroom, and man asleep in bed. A burglar raises the window cautiously, climbs in, and proceeds to go through the man's clothes. The man awakes and pulls a lever, closing himself up in the folding bed, the bottom of which is iron-clad, with guns and portholes. The burglar is dumbfounded, and cannot move. Subbubs turns his battery loose, blowing the burglar to pieces. He then raises an American flag on a staff on top of the bed as a signal of victory. The bed opens up again and Subbubs goes to sleep. Length 65 feet. Class B. $7.80.
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Porter, Edwin S., Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. Subub Surprises the Burglar. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1903. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96519501/. (Accessed May 28, 2017.)

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Porter, E. S., Thomas A. Edison, I. & Paper Print Collection. (1903) Subub Surprises the Burglar. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96519501/.

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Porter, Edwin S., Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. Subub Surprises the Burglar. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1903. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/96519501/>.