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 a wire. 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.
From Biograph picture catalogue, Nov. 1902 [MI], p. 27: 28 feet. Two grotesque minstrels are seen playing beneath a fair lady's window. She appears, and encourages one of them. The disappointed minstrel thereupon kicks the favored suitor with such force that it lifts him up to the second story window, and into the arms of the lady. This effect is very cleverly worked out, and makes a very amusing situation.
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, [1899?]
Subject Headings
-  Courtship--United States--Drama
-  Street music and musicians--United States--Drama
-  Trombonists--United States--Drama
-  Clarinetists--United States--Drama
-  Women--United States--Drama
-  Silent films
Genre
Comedies
Vaudeville
Shorts
Notes
-  H23801 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 11Nov1902; H23801.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer.
-  Bitzer is listed as cameraman on the Biograph Co. prod. records [MI], but the AFI catalog and Biograph bulletins, 1896-1908, both credit F.S. Armitage.
-  Approximate release date of May 1899 from AFI catalog.
-  Duration: 0:26 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. 1034; code name (for telegraphic orders) Furtificis.
-  Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site (http://lcweb.loc.gov)
-  NCN046341; The serenaders.
-  Filmed May 25, 1899, 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. 51.
-  Received: 2/2/95 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 12/29/94 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 11/11/02; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
Medium
1 reel of 1 (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 roll (26 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number/Physical Location
FEC 2270 (ref print)
FPC 4630 (dupe neg)
LC 653a (paper pos)
Library of Congress Control Number
96521838
Online Format
image
video
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/96521838
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Bitzer, G. W., 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, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521838/. (Accessed February 22, 2017.)

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Bitzer, G. W., 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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Bitzer, G. W., 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, <https://www.loc.gov/item/96521838/>.