Film, Video [Animal act with baboon, dog and donkey]

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Title
[Animal act with baboon, dog and donkey]
Summary
Opens on a closeup of a baboon "playing" a violin, then cuts to a medium shot of the same. The baboon wears a white short-sleeved shirt with a loose bow tie and tweed pants. Cuts to a closeup of the baboon in a circular mask or iris effect, without the violin but with a collar around his neck and a striped kitten that he places on his shoulder. Another iris effect opens to a long shot of a stage with a painted backdrop of a river. Standing at stage left is a woman in a spangled, sleeveless dress to the knee and high laced boots, holding the leash of a dark donkey. The baboon stands center stage, near a man in a white animal trainer suit with dark piping and a white cap. On a chair stage right sits a black and white spotted dog. A series of cuts show the baboon performing various tricks, including roller-skating in a circle around the man, doing a walking handstand, circling the stage atop a large ball, and riding the ball down a ramp with the kitten in his arms. The dog then creates figure-eights through the woman's legs as she walks, and jumps a rope held by the woman and baboon. Cuts to the baboon riding a bicycle in a circle around the man. Cuts to the baboon leading the donkey onstage, and then to the donkey apparently play-biting and kicking two men. The gag of the men trying to mount the donkey--only to be bitten, kicked, or thrown off--is repeated, with one intertitle: "A 100% kick." Ends after the baboon jumps on one man.
Contributor Names
Spanuth, Hans A., production.
Commonwealth Pictures Corporation.
AFI/Zouary (Maurice) Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : [Commonwealth Pictures Corp., 1919 or 1920?]
Subject Headings
-  Circus animals--United States
-  Baboons--United States
-  Donkeys--Behavior--United States
-  Dogs--United States
-  Silent films
Genre
Vaudeville
Animal films and programs
Shorts
Notes
-  Copyright: reg. unknown.
-  No copyright registration or production and distribution information could be found for such an act, but the film appears to be an uncopyrighted Spanuth's original vod-a-vil movie given the similarities in camera technique to identified Spanuths.
-  Unlike other suspected Spanuths, this film has no opening titles; supplied title taken from M/B/RS shelflist card.
-  Duration: 1:28 at 16 fps.
-  Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site (http://lcweb.loc.gov)
-  NCN015170; Zouary can no149.
-  Third film on reel with: The flying De Armands, Spanish Goldinies [Spanuth's original vod-a-vil movies, no. 5], and Tom Tinker's pony patter.
-  Probably filmed ca. 1918-19 in Chicago.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1912-1939; M/B/RS copyright descriptions; M/B/RS Acquisition files (AFI/Zouary file); Motion picture news, v. 21, p. 2598.
-  Received: 4/1/80 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation AFI/Zouary (Maurice) Collection.
-  Received: 1/14/77 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation AFI/Zouary (Maurice) Collection.
Medium
1 reel of 1 (87 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (87 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
Call Number/Physical Location
FEB 3202 (ref print)
FPD 1669 (dupe neg)
Library of Congress Control Number
96521533
Online Format
image
video
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/96521533
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Commonwealth Pictures Corporation, and Afi/Zouary. [Animal Act With Baboon, Dog and Donkey]. [United States: Commonwealth Pictures Corp., or 1920?, 1919] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521533/. (Accessed January 16, 2017.)

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Commonwealth Pictures Corporation & Afi/Zouary. (1919) [Animal act with baboon, dog and donkey]. [United States: Commonwealth Pictures Corp., or 1920?] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521533/.

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Commonwealth Pictures Corporation, and Afi/Zouary. [Animal Act With Baboon, Dog and Donkey]. [United States: Commonwealth Pictures Corp., or 1920?, 1919] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/96521533/>.