Film, Video As in a looking glass
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- As in a looking glass
- Opens on a split stage set of two rooms with a door and wall between them. In the living or dining room on the left of the frame, an elderly, bearded man sits at a table, reading the newspaper. In the bedroom on the right, a boy in a suit with short pants attaches a long string to the end of a dresser drawer, with the other end hanging from a hole in the wall to the other room. As the boy works and watches, a woman dressed in a long-sleeved white blouse, striped skirt to the knee, and dark stockings enters the main room with a pitcher, which she sets on the table in front of the gentleman and then exits. The boy finishes with the drawer, replacing it in the bureau, and then quietly enters the other room unnoticed. He feeds more of the string through the hole in the wall, attaches the loop at the end of it to a leg of his grandfather's chair, and retreats to the door to watch. The woman enters the bedroom and powders her face and fixes her hair in the mirror above the dresser. She tries to open the top drawer--the one the boy has rigged--but it appears stuck. After struggling with it, she succeeds in yanking it open, falling backwards in the process. As the drawer opens, the attached string pulls over the man and the chair. When the man sees the boy jumping with delight at the door, he chases his grandson out of the room.
- From Biograph bulletin no. 8: How Tommy Got a Pull on His Grandpa. 65 feet. This is a companion picture to "Tommy's Ringing Good Joke." Tommy ties a cord to his Grandfather's chair and fastens it to a bureau in the next room. The maid attempts to open the drawer and upsets the old gentleman, with disastrous results.
- Contributor Names
- Armitage, F. S., camera.
- American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
- Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
- Created / Published
- United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903.
- Subject Headings
- - Practical jokes--Drama
- - Boys--United States--Conduct of life--Drama
- - Falls (Accidents)--United States--Drama
- - Grandfathers--United States--Drama
- - Silent films
- - H32297 U.S. Copyright Office
- - Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 29May1903; H32297.
- - AFI catalog considers "As in a looking glass" and "How Tommy got a pull on his grandpa" as two separate films with similar plots, noting that the former is catalog no. 907 and the latter no. 2369. However, no information on a film no. 907 could be found in the Biograph picture catalogue, Nov. 1902 [MI] or Biograph photo catalogs [MI], and the frames pictured in Biograph photo catalog v. 5 from "How Tommy got a pull on his grandpa" are identical to frames in the film deposited for copyright under the title "As in a looking glass."
- - Original main title lacking.
- - Camera, F.S. Armitage.
- - Duration: 1:01 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. 2369; code name (for telegraphic orders) Garrulando. In a single variant instance, Biograph photo catalog, v. 5 [MI], shows the film as catalog no. 2367, with code name Garrulamo.
- - Arch pos, arch neg, and masterpos include two pullbacks with approximately 2 ft. of black; these printing errors have been edited out in production of a digital file.
- - Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site (http://lcweb.loc.gov)
- - NCN046278; As in a looking glass.
- - Filmed May 21, 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 bulletins 1896-1908, 1971, p. 84, 86, 191.
- - Received: 12/8/94 from LC film lab; arch pos; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
- - Received: 10/20/94 from LC film lab; arch neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
- - Received: 1/10/95 from LC film lab; masterpos; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
- - Received: 5/29/03; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
- 1 reel of 1 (63 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch pos.
- 1 reel of 1 (63 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. arch neg.
- 1 reel of 1 (63 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. masterpos.
- 1 roll (61 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
- Call Number/Physical Location
- FPE 7762 (arch pos)
- FPE 7760 (arch neg)
- FPE 7763 (masterpos)
- LC 589b (paper pos)
- Library of Congress Control Number
- Online Format
- LCCN Permalink
- Additional Metadata Formats
- MARCXML Record
- MODS Record
- Dublin Core Record
ContributorsAmerican Mutoscope and Biograph Company
Armitage, F. S.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Conduct of Life
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Armitage, F. S., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. As in a Looking Glass. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521666/. (Accessed February 21, 2017.)
APA citation style:
Armitage, F. S., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1903) As in a Looking Glass. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521666/.
MLA citation style:
Armitage, F. S., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. As in a Looking Glass. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/96521666/>.