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Film, Video Love and war

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  • Love and war


  • "An illustrated song telling the story of a hero who leaves for the war as a private, is promoted to the rank of captain for bravery in service, meets the girl of his choice, who is a Red Cross nurse on the field, and finally returns home triumphantly as an officer to the father and mother to whom he bade good bye as a private. The film presents this beautiful song picture in six scenes, each of which has a separate song, making the entire series a complete and effective novelty. PARTING. -- "Our hero boy to the war has gone." Words and music. CAMPING. -- "What! A letter from home." Words and music. FIGHTING. -- The battle prayer. "Father, on Thee I Call." Words and music. CONVALESCING. -- "Weeping, Sad and Lonely." Words and music. SORROWING. -- The mother's lament, "Come back, my dear boy, to me." Words and music. RETURNING. -- When our hero boy comes back again. Hurrah! Hurrah! "Star Spangled Banner." Words and music. The above scene can be illustrated either by a soloist, quartette or with an orchestra, and with or without stereopticon slides. This series of animated pictures, when properly illustrated or announced by stereopticon reading matter, should make a great success. Length 200 feet, complete with words of song and music"--Edison films catalog.


  • White, James H. (James Henry), production
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1899.


  • -  Soldiers--United States--Drama
  • -  Spanish-American War, 1898--Drama


  • Melodramas (Motion pictures)
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  77713 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: James H. White; 28Nov1899; 77713.
  • -  Original main title lacking.
  • -  Duration: 3:02 at 16 fps.
  • -  According to the Edison films catalog, this film was originally composed of six scenes, however, LC copies include only four scenes, which appear to be PARTING, FIGHTING, SORROWING, and RETURNING.
  • -  One of the Edison "Picture songs", meant to be shown with synchronized live music, composed especially for the film.
  • -  According to the summary in Early motion pictures, the battle scenes are set during the Spanish-American War.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 1694) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 526-527; Musser, C. Before the nickelodeon, p. 149-150; Early motion pictures, p. 189; Edison films catalog, no. 94, March 1900, p. 3 [MI]; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 13.
  • -  Probably filmed in June-September 1899, in Orange, New Jersey.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  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 (71 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (184 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (71 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (184 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 180 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 180 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4708 (viewing print)
  • FEC 2310 (viewing print)
  • FRA 1725 (dupe neg pic)
  • FPE 7957 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 0084D (paper pos)
  • Box 5169C (paper pos, copy 2)


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 98501279

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Thomas A. Edison, Inc, and Paper Print Collection. Love and War. produceds by White, James H. Uction United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1899. Video.

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Thomas A. Edison, I. & Paper Print Collection. (1899) Love and War. White, J. H. U., prod United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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