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Film, Video Alphonse and Gaston, no. 3 Copyright title: Alphonse and Gaston 3 / Title in Biograph production logs: Alphonse & Gaston / Title in Biograph bulletins, 1896-1908: Alphonse and Gaston take a dancing lesson / Alphonse and Gaston 3 / Alphonse & Gaston / Alphonse and Gaston take a dancing lesson

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Title

  • Alphonse and Gaston, no. 3

Other Title

  • Copyright title: Alphonse and Gaston 3
  • Title in Biograph production logs: Alphonse & Gaston
  • Title in Biograph bulletins, 1896-1908: Alphonse and Gaston take a dancing lesson
  • Alphonse and Gaston 3
  • Alphonse & Gaston
  • Alphonse and Gaston take a dancing lesson

Summary

  • Opens on a set of a saloon or tavern with a long bar and pictures on the wall that include boxers, a ballerina, and a reclining female. At the end of the bar stands the bartender, reading a newspaper. Two men dressed as the clownish characters of Alphonse and Gaston enter the bar. Both have dark, bushy hair and beards and wear hats, with one dressed in a dark jacket and checkerboard pants and the other wearing a plaid jacket, dark trousers, and spats. Alphonse and Gaston order a bottle, then politely and repeatedly insist that the other should take the first drink. A cowboy dressed in fringed chaps, boots, a Western hat, and a neck kerchief enters the bar, a pistol in each hand, and laughs at the Frenchmen's antics. He begins shooting at their feet, forcing them to dance, while he and the bartender have a good laugh. As the bartender begins to spritz them from soda bottle, Alphonse and Gaston exit the bar dancing. The cowboy walks to the bar and pours himself their drink as he and the bartender continue to laugh over the incident.
  • "Alphonse and Gaston are in a Western saloon and are forced to dance by a cowboy, who urges them on by shooting at their feet. 54 feet"--Biograph bulletins.

Names

  • Weed, A. E., camera
  • American Mutoscope and Biograph Company
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903.

Headings

  • -  Alphonse--(Fictitious character)--Humor
  • -  Gaston--(Fictitious character)--Humor
  • -  Courtesy--Humor
  • -  Cowboys--Humor
  • -  Bartenders--Humor

Genre

  • Filmed vaudeville acts
  • Comedy films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films

Notes

  • -  H37366 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Based on the comic strip characters created by Frederick Burr Opper.
  • -  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 27Oct1903; H37366.
  • -  Original main title lacking.
  • -  Duration: 0:53 at 16 fps.
  • -  Biograph production no. 2623.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 1453) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 5; AFI catalog: film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 20; Biograph production logs; Biograph photo catalog, v. 6 [MI]; Biograph bulletins 1896-1908, p. 197, p. 423; Musser, C. The emergence of cinema, p. 308.
  • -  Camera, A.E. Weed.
  • -  Filmed October 16, 1903, in the Biograph studio, New York City.
  • -  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
  • -  paper pos (copy 2) Received: 1903-10-27; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
  • -  Paper print roll lacking suffix.

Medium

  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (30 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (53 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (30 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 30 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • master pos pic (copy 2) 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 30 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 55 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 55 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4467 (viewing print)
  • FEC 2536 (viewing print)
  • FRA 1561 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPE 8565 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 1238 (master pos pic)
  • FRB 2907 (master pos pic, copy 2)
  • FPE 8566 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0010C (paper pos)
  • Box 5034 (paper pos, copy 2)

Source Collection

  • Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)

Repository

  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 96521660

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Weed, A. E., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. Alphonse and Gaston, no. 3. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/96521660/.

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Weed, A. E., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1903) Alphonse and Gaston, no. 3. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521660/.

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Weed, A. E., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. Alphonse and Gaston, no. 3. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/96521660/>.