Film, Video Levi & Cohen, the Irish comedians

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Title
Levi & Cohen, the Irish comedians
Summary
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.
From Biograph bulletin no. 55: 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. 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
-  Vaudeville--United States--Drama
-  Jewish comedians--United States--Drama
-  Irish--United States--Drama
-  Theater audiences--United States--Drama
-  Silent films
Genre
Comedies
Vaudeville
Shorts
Notes
-  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.
-  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. 2409; code name (for telegraphic orders) Garthman.
-  Available on the Internet; Library of Congress World Wide Web site (http://lcweb.loc.gov)
-  NCN046333; Levi & Cohen, the Irish comedians.
-  Filmed June 30, 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. 89, 193; Biograph photo catalog, v. 5 [MI].
-  Received: 11/29/94 from LC film lab; ref print; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 7/6/94 from LC film lab; dupe neg; preservation; Paper Print Collection.
-  Received: 7/8/03; paper pos; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection.
Medium
1 reel of 1 (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. ref print.
1 reel of 1 (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. dupe neg.
1 roll (58 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
Call Number/Physical Location
FEC 1474 (ref print)
FPE 7559 (dupe neg)
LC 711a (paper pos)
Library of Congress Control Number
96521894
Online Format
image
video
Description
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. From Biograph bulletin no. 55: 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. Class B.
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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, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521894/. (Accessed April 26, 2017.)

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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, <https://www.loc.gov/item/96521894/>.