Film, Video Happy Hooligan

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Title
Happy Hooligan
Summary
Opens on a stage set of a house exterior, complete with a door, window, and ivy on the walls. In front of the house, an organ-grinder plays as Happy Hooligan listens and claps along merrily. The Hooligan character is dressed as a tramp in a ragged and torn suit, and sports a bald pate with an incredibly tiny hat perched atop it. A middle-aged woman appears in the house window and yells down to the musician to stop. Encouraged by Hooligan, however, the organ-grinder continues as the woman grows increasingly upset and Hooligan pokes fun at her. As she leaves the window, the tramp suddenly warns off the organ-grinder, pushing the street musician offstage. From the other side of the stage enters an angry policeman, who grabs Hooligan by the throat, shaking and yelling at him. The woman reappears in the window with a pail of water, which she mistakenly throws on the policeman. When she sees the officer sputtering on the ground, she faints against the window frame. As Hooligan laughs heartily, the policeman gets up and storms inside the house.
From Biograph bulletin no. 55: An organ-grinder is playing beneath the window of a cranky old woman. She objects strenuously. The organ-grinder, egged on by Hooligan, keeps on playing until a policeman appears. The organ man runs away, but Hooligan stops to explain. In the meantime, the old lady comes to the window with a pail of water and ducks the policeman. Hooligan, of course, gets all the blame and is carried off to jail. Excellent comedy. 47 feet. Class B.
Contributor Names
Bitzer, G. W., 1872-1944, camera.
American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903.
Subject Headings
-  Happy Hooligan (Fictitious character)--Drama
-  Tramps--United States--Drama
-  Organ grinders--United States--Drama
-  Police--United States--Drama
-  Housewives--United States--Drama
-  Silent films
Genre
Slapstick comedies
Vaudeville
Shorts
Notes
-  H33025 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 20June1903; H33025.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer.
-  Duration: 0:46 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. 2392; code name (for telegraphic orders) Gartenkohl.
-  Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site (http://lcweb.loc.gov)
-  NCN046323; Happy Hooligan.
-  Based on the comic strip character created by Frederick Burr Opper.
-  Filmed June 15, 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. 87, 192; Biograph photo catalog, v. 5 [MI].
-  Received: 11/29/94 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 7/5/94 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 6/20/03; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
Medium
1 reel of 1 (46 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (46 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 roll (46 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number/Physical Location
FEC 2207 (ref print)
FPE 7747 (dupe neg)
LC 421a (paper pos)
Library of Congress Control Number
96521795
Online Format
image
video
Description
Opens on a stage set of a house exterior, complete with a door, window, and ivy on the walls. In front of the house, an organ-grinder plays as Happy Hooligan listens and claps along merrily. The Hooligan character is dressed as a tramp in a ragged and torn suit, and sports a bald pate with an incredibly tiny hat perched atop it. A middle-aged woman appears in the house window and yells down to the musician to stop. Encouraged by Hooligan, however, the organ-grinder continues as the woman grows increasingly upset and Hooligan pokes fun at her. As she leaves the window, the tramp suddenly warns off the organ-grinder, pushing the street musician offstage. From the other side of the stage enters an angry policeman, who grabs Hooligan by the throat, shaking and yelling at him. The woman reappears in the window with a pail of water, which she mistakenly throws on the policeman. When she sees the officer sputtering on the ground, she faints against the window frame. As Hooligan laughs heartily, the policeman gets up and storms inside the house. From Biograph bulletin no. 55: An organ-grinder is playing beneath the window of a cranky old woman. She objects strenuously. The organ-grinder, egged on by Hooligan, keeps on playing until a policeman appears. The organ man runs away, but Hooligan stops to explain. In the meantime, the old lady comes to the window with a pail of water and ducks the policeman. Hooligan, of course, gets all the blame and is carried off to jail. Excellent comedy. 47 feet. Class B.
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Bitzer, G. W., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. Happy Hooligan. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521795/. (Accessed June 24, 2017.)

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Bitzer, G. W., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1903) Happy Hooligan. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521795/.

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Bitzer, G. W., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. Happy Hooligan. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/96521795/>.