Film, Video The serenaders

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Title
The serenaders
Summary
Opens on a stage set of a two-story brick building. Two street serenaders in rather shabby clothes stand outside the building, one playing a trombone and the other what appears to be a clarinet. A young woman appears in the upstairs window and looks down smiling on the two suitors. She soon favors and encourages the trombonist by throwing kisses and clutching her chest, while clearly rebuking the other. The rejected clarinetist angrily kicks the successful serenader in his rear, propelling the trombone player up to the woman's window in an effect that appears to be achieved through stop motion and running the film backwards. The failed suitor howls in pain and hops around holding his foot, while the trombonist sits on the window sill in the arms of the woman and shakes off his competitor's attempts to pull him to the ground.
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, [1899].
Subject Headings
-  Courtship--Humor
-  Street musicians--Humor
-  Trombonists--Humor
-  Clarinetists--Humor
Genre
Comedy films
Trick films
Silent films
Short films
Fiction films
Notes
-  H23801 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Nov1902; H23801.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Camera, F.S. Armitage?
-  The AFI catalog and Biograph bulletins, 1896-1908, both credit F.S. Armitage as the cameraman, however, G.W. Bitzer is listed as cameraman on the Biograph Co. production records.
-  Approximate release date of May 1899 from AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910.
-  Duration: 0:26 at 16 fps.
-  Filmed May 25, 1899, on the roof of the Biograph New York City studio.
-  Biograph production no. 1034.
-  Paper print shelf number (LC 0653) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
-  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 292; AFI catalog: film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 926-963; Biograph bulletins 1896-1908, p. 51; American Mutoscope & Biograph picture catalogue, November, 1902, p. 27 viewed online via ProQuest History Vault, March 4, 2020.
-  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
-  Received: 1902-11-11; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
-  Paper print roll lacking suffix.
Medium
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (18 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (18 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 20 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 25 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 25 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number/Physical Location
FLA 3667 (viewing print)
FEC 2270 (viewing print)
FRA 0920 (dupe neg pic)
FPC 4630 (dupe neg pic)
FRB 1647 (master pos pic)
Box 0283 (paper pos)
Box 5337E (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
Library of Congress Control Number
96521838
Language
English
Online Format
video
image
Description
Opens on a stage set of a two-story brick building. Two street serenaders in rather shabby clothes stand outside the building, one playing a trombone and the other what appears to be a clarinet. A young woman appears in the upstairs window and looks down smiling on the two suitors. She soon favors and encourages the trombonist by throwing kisses and clutching her chest, while clearly rebuking the other. The rejected clarinetist angrily kicks the successful serenader in his rear, propelling the trombone player up to the woman's window in an effect that appears to be achieved through stop motion and running the film backwards. The failed suitor howls in pain and hops around holding his foot, while the trombonist sits on the window sill in the arms of the woman and shakes off his competitor's attempts to pull him to the ground.
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/96521838
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Armitage, F. S., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. The Serenaders. [United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1899] Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/96521838/.

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Armitage, F. S., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1899) The Serenaders. [United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521838/.

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Armitage, F. S., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. The Serenaders. [United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1899] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/96521838/>.

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