Film, Video The chimney sweep and the miller

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Title
The chimney sweep and the miller
Summary
Filming of a popular vaudeville gag. Opens on a stage with a painted backdrop of a lake and forest. From opposite sides of the stage enter a chimney sweep, covered from head to toe with black soot and carrying a folding broom and black sack, and a miller, dressed completely in white and carrying a white sack. The two men bump into each other center stage, with some of the sweep's soot dirtying the miller's uniform. They exchange angry words, and then begin hitting each other with their sacks. As expected, black soot from the chimney sweep's bag spots the miller's whites, and white flour from the miller's sack lands on the sweep's dark clothing. The brawl culminates with a large cloud of black and white in which the men seem to disappear.
From Biograph picture catalogue, Nov. 1902 [MI], p. 32: 33 feet. A chimney sweep and a miller become involved in a street fight. The sweep has a bag of soot on his back, and the miller a bag of flour. The fight causes a lively mixup of black and white, with most amusing effects.
Contributor Names
Marvin, Arthur W., 1861-1911, camera.
American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1902.
Subject Headings
-  Chimney sweeps--Drama
-  Millers--Drama
-  Soot--Drama
-  Flour--Drama
-  Affray--Drama
-  Silent films
Genre
Slapstick comedies
Vaudeville
Shorts
Notes
-  H16334 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 10Apr1902; H16334.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Camera, Arthur Marvin.
-  Duration: 0:31 at 17 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. 1422; code name (for telegraphic orders) Gaditanas.
-  Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site (http://lcweb.loc.gov)
-  NCN046288; The chimney sweep and the miller.
-  Filmed April 24, 1900, on the roof of 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. 61.
-  Received: 2/10/95 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 1/18/95 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 4/10/02; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
Medium
1 reel of 1 (32 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (32 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 roll (32 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number/Physical Location
FEC 2265 (ref print)
FPD 3839 (dupe neg)
LC 1226a (paper pos)
Library of Congress Control Number
96521763
Online Format
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video
Description
Filming of a popular vaudeville gag. Opens on a stage with a painted backdrop of a lake and forest. From opposite sides of the stage enter a chimney sweep, covered from head to toe with black soot and carrying a folding broom and black sack, and a miller, dressed completely in white and carrying a white sack. The two men bump into each other center stage, with some of the sweep's soot dirtying the miller's uniform. They exchange angry words, and then begin hitting each other with their sacks. As expected, black soot from the chimney sweep's bag spots the miller's whites, and white flour from the miller's sack lands on the sweep's dark clothing. The brawl culminates with a large cloud of black and white in which the men seem to disappear. From Biograph picture catalogue, Nov. 1902 [MI], p. 32: 33 feet. A chimney sweep and a miller become involved in a street fight. The sweep has a bag of soot on his back, and the miller a bag of flour. The fight causes a lively mixup of black and white, with most amusing effects.
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Marvin, Arthur W., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. The Chimney Sweep and the Miller. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1902. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521763/. (Accessed October 18, 2017.)

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Marvin, A. W., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1902) The Chimney Sweep and the Miller. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521763/.

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Marvin, Arthur W., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. The Chimney Sweep and the Miller. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1902. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/96521763/>.