Film, Video Levi & Cohen, the Irish comedians Levi and Cohen, the Irish comedians
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- Levi & Cohen, the Irish comedians
- Levi and Cohen, the Irish comedians
- Opens on a vaudeville or variety stage with a flat painted curtain of a stone fence and garden. On the right side of the stage sits a sign that reads "Zuzu Daffy, Singing Soubret." A boy in an usher's uniform crosses the stage and replaces the sign with one that reads "Levi and Cohen, Irish Comedians." The boy exits, and the curtain rises to reveal a painted backdrop of a pharmacy storefront. Two men strut onto the stage; one in a black beard, black coat with tails, light-colored pants, and a black top hat, and the other with a bald pate and large nose, dressed in a dark coat and vest, plaid pants, and a bowler, and carrying a cane. The pair go into their act, which seems to consist of the bearded man repeatedly knocking the bowler off the head of his partner while enthusiastically telling a joke or story. The unfortunate man finally has enough, and jumps his bearded friend. The "audience" of this act are apparently displeased with the performance, and two men sitting between the camera and the stage stand up and begin pelting the comedians with eggs or vegetables. While Levi and Cohen try to shield themselves from the barrage, both of them--as well as the set--are soon splattered with stains.
- "Showing two typical concert hall knock-about teams in a very poor performance. It ends up being in their being egged by the audience. Very realistic and very funny. 61 feet"--Biograph bulletin no. 55.
- 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.
- - Impersonation--Humor
- - Jewish comedians--Humor
- Filmed burlesque acts
- Comedy films
- Silent films
- Short films
- Nonfiction films
- - H33281 U.S. Copyright Office
- - Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 8July1903; H33281.
- - Original main title lacking.
- - Camera, G.W. "Billy" Bitzer.
- - Duration: 0:58 at 17 fps.
- - Biograph production no. 2409
- - Paper print shelf number (LC 0711) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
- - Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
- - Filmed June 30, 1903, in the Biograph New York City studio.
- - 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. 182; AFI cat.: film beginnings, 1893-1910, 1995; Biograph bulletins 1896-1908, 1971, p. 89, 193; Biograph photo catalog, v. 5 [MI].
- - Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
- viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (23 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
- viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
- dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (23 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
- dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
- paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 60 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
- paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 60 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number/Physical Location
- FLA 3725 (viewing print)
- FEC 1474 (viewing print)
- FRA 0972 (dupe neg pic)
- FPE 7559 (dupe neg pic)
- Box 0541C (paper pos)
- Box 5576E (paper pos, copy 2)
- Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
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Bitzer, G. W., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. Levi & Cohen, the Irish comedians. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/96521894/.
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Bitzer, G. W., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1903) Levi & Cohen, the Irish comedians. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521894/.
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Bitzer, G. W., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. Levi & Cohen, the Irish comedians. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/96521894/>.