Film, Video Cake walk

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Title
Cake walk
Summary
Five African Americans--three men and two women--perform a cakewalk, a dance featuring fancy strutting that was named after the prize awarded in the original contests. The dancers wear rather formal attire, with the men in dark suits and black tie and the women in full-length, high-collared dark dresses; one woman carries a small American flag. As they step in place against a light background, the center male--holding up a top hat and twirling a cane--moves toward the camera and briefly performs some fancy steps. As he moves back, the man at the left end of the line does a quick twirling step and links arms with his partner. The other two dancers also pair off as the center male leads them in a strutting movement around the stage. When they return to the original line, all five step towards the camera with the center man slightly ahead of the others. The film ends just as they stop the cakewalk.
From Biograph picture catalogue [MI]: 23 feet. An amusing cake walk, by a company of New York darkies who excel in this line of work.
Contributor Names
American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903.
Subject Headings
-  Dance, Black--United States
-  Afro-American dance--United States
-  Dancers--New York (State)--New York
-  Silent films
Genre
Dance
Vaudeville
Black films and programs
Shorts
Notes
-  H31674 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11May1903; H31674.
-  Copyright information taken from K.R. Niver, Early motion pictures; not found in the Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912 or its addenda.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  K.R. Niver credits the Americus Quartet as performers and F.S. Armitage as cameraman, in a Philadelphia shoot on 9/18/1900, information which he apparently found in the Biograph production log. The film shot on that date--no. 1642--is described in the log as "North Amer. outing Cake Walk." In the Biograph photo catalog, however, film no. 1642 is entitled "Ice cream and cake," and shows a group of walking children. The film being described here is instead no. 207, which the Biograph picture catalogue states was shot in the New York studio and which features five dancers instead of a quartet.
-  Duration: 0:24 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. 207; code name (for telegraphic orders) Mugitoris.
-  Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site (http://lcweb.loc.gov)
-  NCN046285; Cake walk.
-  Filmed at the Biograph New York City studio, perhaps on the roof.
-  Sources used: Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; AFI cat.: film beginnings, 1893-1910, 1995.
-  Received: 11/25/94 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 7/5/94 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 5/11/03; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
Medium
1 reel of 1 (24 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (24 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 roll (24 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number/Physical Location
FEC 2203 (ref print)
FPE 7730 (dupe neg)
LC 367a (paper pos)
Library of Congress Control Number
96520361
Online Format
image
video
Description
Five African Americans--three men and two women--perform a cakewalk, a dance featuring fancy strutting that was named after the prize awarded in the original contests. The dancers wear rather formal attire, with the men in dark suits and black tie and the women in full-length, high-collared dark dresses; one woman carries a small American flag. As they step in place against a light background, the center male--holding up a top hat and twirling a cane--moves toward the camera and briefly performs some fancy steps. As he moves back, the man at the left end of the line does a quick twirling step and links arms with his partner. The other two dancers also pair off as the center male leads them in a strutting movement around the stage. When they return to the original line, all five step towards the camera with the center man slightly ahead of the others. The film ends just as they stop the cakewalk. From Biograph picture catalogue [MI]: 23 feet. An amusing cake walk, by a company of New York darkies who excel in this line of work.
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American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. Cake Walk. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96520361/. (Accessed January 22, 2018.)

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American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1903) Cake Walk. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96520361/.

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American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. Cake Walk. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/96520361/>.