Film, Video Alphonse and Gaston, no. 3

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Title
Alphonse and Gaston, no. 3
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.
From Biograph bulletin no. 55: 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. Class B.
Contributor 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.
Subject Headings
-  French--United States--Drama
-  Bars (Drinking establishments)--United States--Drama
-  Alphonse (Fictitious character)--Drama
-  Gaston (Fictitious character)--Drama
-  Cowboys--United States--Drama
-  Pistol shooting--United States--Drama
-  Bartenders--Drama
-  Silent films
Genre
Comedies
Vaudeville
Westerns
Shorts
Notes
-  H37366 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 27Oct1903; H37366.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Camera, A.E. Weed.
-  Duration: 0:53 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. 2623; code name (for telegraphic orders) Gaubloch.
-  Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site (http://lcweb.loc.gov)
-  NCN046275; Alphonse and Gaston, no. 3.
-  Based on the comic strip characters created by Frederick Burr Opper.
-  Filmed Oct. 16, 1903, 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 photo catalog, v. 6 [MI]; Biograph bulletins 1896-1908, 1971, p. 197, 423; Musser, C. The emergence of cinema, 1990, p. 308.
-  Received: 8/3/94 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 5/17/94 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 8/30/94 from LC film lab; masterpos; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 10/27/03; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
Medium
1 reel of 1 (53 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (53 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 reel of 1 (53 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos.
1 roll (53 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number/Physical Location
FEC 2536 (ref print)
FPE 8565 (dupe neg)
FPE 8566 (masterpos)
LC 1453a (paper pos)
Library of Congress Control Number
96521660
Online Format
image
video
Description
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. From Biograph bulletin no. 55: 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. Class B.
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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, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521660/. (Accessed June 29, 2017.)

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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, <https://www.loc.gov/item/96521660/>.