Film, Video Duel scene, "By right of sword"

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Title
Duel scene, "By right of sword"
Summary
Opens on a stage with a painted backdrop of a lake surrounded by forest. A bearded man wrapped in a dark cloak and wearing a dark fur shako--apparently the novel's character of Major Devinsky--stands stage left. Behind him, a group of three soldiers move about impatiently, watching for someone offstage. According to Marchmont's story, the men should be late 19th century Russian soldiers, but in the film they wear military uniforms that seem French in design instead, with light-colored breeches sporting embroidered designs, dark buttoned jackets with another coat slung over one shoulder, dark fur shakos with plumes, and shiny black boots to the knee. From stage right enters the story's main character of Hamylton Tregethner, masquerading as infantryman Alexis Petrovitch in a similar uniform and cloak. The duelers remove their cloaks and jackets, roll up their shirtsleeves, and accept their swords from the soldier acting as "second." The portion of the book where Tregethner tries to persuade Devinsky to abandon the duel is presented on film as a pantomimed discussion, then the two opponents face each other and the duel is started. During the swordfight, Tregethner is brought to his knees at one point, but prevails and ends the duel by cutting Devinsky on the arm. As the loser storms off the stage, one of the soldiers salutes the victor.
From Biograph bulletin no. 23: 114 feet. An exciting duel with the rapiers showing Mr. Ralph Stuart in the leading part.
Contributor Names
Weed, A. E., camera.
Stuart, Ralph, d. 1915, cast.
American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1904.
Subject Headings
-  Dueling--Drama
-  Soldiers--Drama
-  Swordplay--Drama
-  Swordsmen--Drama
-  Silent films
Genre
Adaptations
Swashbucklers
Vaudeville
Shorts
Notes
-  H40943 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 16Jan1904; H40943.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Camera, A.E. Weed.
-  Ralph Stuart (Hamylton Tregethner/Alexis Petrovitch).
-  Duration: 1:43 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. 2772; code name (for telegraphic orders) Gazeboo.
-  Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site (http://lcweb.loc.gov)
-  NCN046297; Duel scene, "By right of sword".
-  Probably based on the stage play by E.M. Doremus, Leonidas Westervelt, and Arthur W. Marchmont, from Marchmont's 1897 novel "By right of sword."
-  Filmed Jan. 7, 1904, in the Biograph 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; Biograph bulletins 1896-1908, 1971, p. 113; Biograph Co. prod. records [MI]; Biograph photo catalog, v. 6 [MI]; NYPL catalog of theatre and drama collections, c1976, v. 4.
-  Received: 12/6/94 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 10/19/94 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 1/16/04; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
Medium
1 reel of 1 (103 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (103 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 roll (103 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number/Physical Location
FEC 2149 (ref print)
FPE 7592 (dupe neg)
LC 1576b (paper pos)
Library of Congress Control Number
96521564
Online Format
image
video
Description
Opens on a stage with a painted backdrop of a lake surrounded by forest. A bearded man wrapped in a dark cloak and wearing a dark fur shako--apparently the novel's character of Major Devinsky--stands stage left. Behind him, a group of three soldiers move about impatiently, watching for someone offstage. According to Marchmont's story, the men should be late 19th century Russian soldiers, but in the film they wear military uniforms that seem French in design instead, with light-colored breeches sporting embroidered designs, dark buttoned jackets with another coat slung over one shoulder, dark fur shakos with plumes, and shiny black boots to the knee. From stage right enters the story's main character of Hamylton Tregethner, masquerading as infantryman Alexis Petrovitch in a similar uniform and cloak. The duelers remove their cloaks and jackets, roll up their shirtsleeves, and accept their swords from the soldier acting as "second." The portion of the book where Tregethner tries to persuade Devinsky to abandon the duel is presented on film as a pantomimed discussion, then the two opponents face each other and the duel is started. During the swordfight, Tregethner is brought to his knees at one point, but prevails and ends the duel by cutting Devinsky on the arm. As the loser storms off the stage, one of the soldiers salutes the victor. From Biograph bulletin no. 23: 114 feet. An exciting duel with the rapiers showing Mr. Ralph Stuart in the leading part.
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Weed, A. E., Camera, Ralph Stuart, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. Duel scene, "By right of sword". United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1904. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521564/. (Accessed July 24, 2017.)

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Weed, A. E., Stuart, R., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1904) Duel scene, "By right of sword". United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521564/.

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Weed, A. E., Camera, et al. Duel scene, "By right of sword". United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1904. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/96521564/>.