Thomas Edison Films

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1.
Monkeyshines, No. 1 (1890 Short Film)
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One of W.K.L. Dickson's laboratory workers horses around for the camera.
 
2.
Monkeyshines, No. 2 (1890 Short Film)
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In an experiment that follows up on the results of 'Monkeyshines, No. 1', an Edison company worker again moves around in front of the motion picture camera.
 
3.
Dickson Greeting (1891 Short Film)
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"A little while ago there was a great convention of women's clubs of America. Mrs. Edison is interested... (1 mins.)
 
4.
Newark Athlete (1891 Documentary)
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An athlete swings Indian clubs. (1 mins.)
 
5.
Men Boxing (1891 Documentary)
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Two men wearing boxing gloves prepare to spar in the Edison Company studio. (1 mins.)
 
6.
Blacksmith Scene (1893 Short Film)
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Three men hammer on an anvil and pass a bottle of beer around. (1 mins.)
 
7.
The Barbershop (1894 Documentary)
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Customer gets a lightning-fast shave.
 
8.
Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze (1894 Documentary)
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A man (Thomas Edison's assistant) takes a pinch of snuff and sneezes. This is one of the earliest Thomas Edison films and was the first motion picture to be copyrighted in the United States. (1 mins.)
Stars: Fred Ott
 
9.
Athlete with Wand (1894 Short Film)
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A gymnast assumes a number of positions while holding a wand in both hands. (1 mins.)
 
10.
Sandow, No. 1 (1894 Documentary)
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Eugen Sandow, who claims to be the strongest man in the world, appears in the Edison Company's film studio. (1 mins.)
 
11.
Carmencita (1894 Documentary)
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Performing on what looks like a small wooden stage, wearing a dress with a hoop skirt and white high-heeled pumps, Carmencita does a dance with kicks and twirls, a smile always on her face. (1 mins.)
Stars: Carmencita
 
12.
The Boxing Cats (Prof. Welton's) (1894 Short Film)
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"A glove contest between trained cats. A very comical and amusing subject, and is sure to create a great laugh." (by Edison Films) (1 mins.)
 
13.
Caicedo (with Pole) (1894 Short Film)
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"King of the slack wire. His daring feats of balancing as he performs his thrilling feats in midair show that he is perfectly at home." (from Edison Films)
 
14.
Annabelle Butterfly Dance (1894 Documentary)
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Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dances. For this performance, her costume has a pair of wings attached to her back, to suggest a butterfly. As she dances, she uses her long, flowing skirts to create visual patterns. (1 mins.)
 
15.
Cock Fight, No. 2 (1894 Short Film)
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Two gamecocks are fighting inside a wire cage, while two spectators look on in the background. The two men agree to make a bet on the outcome. One of them shows his money to the other, who is commenting on the fight. (1 mins.)
 
16.
Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph (1894 Short Film)
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James J. Corbett and Peter Courtney meet in a boxing exhibition. (1 mins.)
 
17.
Sioux Ghost Dance (1894 Short Film)
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A group of Sioux Indians from Buffalo Bill's Wild West exhibition demonstrates a dance called a "ghost dance". (1 mins.)
 
18.
Buffalo Dance (1894 Documentary)
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Three Sioux Indians perform a 'buffalo dance', while two others use drums to supply a rhythm. The three dancers move around in a circle as they perform the various actions that are part of the dance.
 
19.
Hadj Cheriff (1894 Short Film)
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Hadji Cheriff, a performer known for a variety of unusual abilities, demonstrates part of his act in the Edison studio. (1 mins.)
 
20.
Glenroy Bros., No. 2 (1894 Short Film)
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The Glenroy Brothers perform a portion of their vaudeville act, "The Comic View of Boxing: The Tramp & the Athlete".
 
21.
Luis Martinetti, Contortionist (1894 Short Film)
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Luis Martinetti, a contortionist suspended from acrobatic flying rings, contorts himself for about thirty seconds. This is one of the first films made for Edison's kinetoscopes. (1 mins.)
 
22.
Bucking Broncho (1894 Documentary)
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A fine exhibition of horsemanship by Lee Martin, a genuine cowboy. This particular broncho is an unusually wicked one. (from Edison Films) (1 mins.)
 
23.
Annie Oakley (1894 Documentary)
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The 'Little Sure Shot' of the 'Wild West.' Exhibition of Rifle Shooting at Glass Balls, etc. (from the Edison Catalog) (1 mins.)
 
24.
Imperial Japanese Dance (1894 Short Film)
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A charming representation of the Mikado dance by three beautiful Japanese ladies in full costume. Very effective when colored. (from the Edison Catalog) (1 mins.)
 
25.
Chinese Laundry Scene (1895 Short Film)
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The pursuit of Hop Lee by an irate policeman. (1 mins.)
 
26.
Band Drill (1894 Short Film)
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A scene from Charles Hoyt's 'A Milk White Flag': A brass band marches out, led by bandmaster Steele Ayers. When Ayers reaches his position, he turns around and directs the musicians as they take up their own positions. (1 mins.)
 
27.
Fire Rescue Scene (1894 Short Film)
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"Firemen in working uniform, rubber coats, helmets, and boots. Thrilling rescue from burning building. Smoke effects are fine." - from the Edison Catalog (1 mins.)
 
28.
Billy Edwards and the Unknown (1895 Short Film)
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Billy Edwards and a challenger named Warwick fight an exhibition boxing match. (1 mins.)
 
29.
Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894 Short Film)
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The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.
 
30.
Princess Ali (1895 Short Film)
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Princess Ali, of Barnum and Bailey's circus, performs an Egyptian dance in the Edison Company's studio. As she dances, some musicians perform in the background to provide accompaniment.
Director: William Heise
 
31.
Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1895 Documentary)
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Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dance routines. She uses her dance steps and her long, flowing skirts to create a variety of visual patterns. (1 mins.)
 
32.
The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895 Short Film)
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This short film, one of the first to use camera tricks, depicts the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. (1 mins.)
Director: Alfred Clark
 
33.
Amy Muller (1896 Documentary)
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Vaudeville dancer Amy Muller performs a portion of her stage routine, which features dancing on her toes. She dances on one toe for part of the performance. Later, she also twirls and does cartwheels. (1 mins.)
Director: William Heise
Stars: Amy Muller
 
34.
The Kiss (1896 Short Film)
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Two people kiss. (1 mins.)
Director: William Heise
 
35.
Shooting the Chutes (1896 Documentary)
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The camera shows a water ride at Bergen Beach at Coney Island. A raised track filled with water forms a chute, and a small boat full of park visitors slides down the chute. Alongside, empty boats are hauled back to the top of the ride. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
36.
Fatima's Coochee-Coochee Dance (1896 Short Film)
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This is the lady whose graceful interpretations of the poetry of motion has made this dance so popular of recent years. - From 'The Phonoscope' (1899) (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
Stars: Fatima
 
37.
Mess Call (1896 Documentary)
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Members of the New York state militia enjoy some relaxing time during a meal break. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
38.
Edison Drawn by 'World' Artist (1896 Documentary)
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Artist draws Thomas Edison. (2 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
39.
Watermelon Contest (1896 Short Film)
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Two men have a contest to see which one can be the first to eat a large slice of watermelon. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
40.
Lone Fisherman (1896 Short Film)
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"Depicts the patient fisherman, sitting on the end of a plank, waiting for a bite. Practical joker comes along and removes stone from other end of plank." (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
41.
Interrupted Lover (1896 Short Film)
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A pair of bucolic lovers discovered by the wrathful father, who teaches the gallant a lesson. (1 mins.)
 
42.
Feeding the Doves (1896 Documentary)
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A woman and a young girl each carry containers of bird feed, and they toss occasional handfuls to the chickens and doves in the farmyard. Most of the chickens stay nearby, but the doves occasionally fly off and then return to eat more. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
43.
A Morning Bath (1896 Documentary)
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"Mammy is washing her little pickaninny. She thrusts him, kicking and struggling, into a tub full of foaming suds." - from the Edison Catalog (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
44.
The Burning Stable (1896 Short Film)
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"A burning wagon is dragged from the barn by the firemen, and four horses are rescued from the flames by the stablemen. Thick volumes of smoke pour from the doors and windows." - from the Edison Catalog (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
45.
Mounted Police Charge (1896 Documentary)
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"A battalion of New York's famous mounted police at inspection. They approach at break-neck gallop." - from the Edison Catalog (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
46.
Going to the Fire (1896 Documentary)
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A crowd watches the Newark Fire Department respond to a call. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
47.
A Morning Alarm (1896 Documentary)
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This shows the Fire Department leaving headquarters for an early morning fire. The scene is remarkable for its natural effect... (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
48.
Black Diamond Express (1896 Documentary)
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"Train is first seen rounding a curve nearly a mile away. Approaches at the rate of 70 miles an hour, blowing a warning whistle to a gang of track repairers." (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
49.
Black Diamond Express, No. 1 (1897 Documentary)
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A train speeds toward the camera as several onlookers wave at it. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
50.
American Falls from Above, American Side (1896 Documentary)
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The camera shows a view of the American Falls and Goat Island. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
51.
The First Sleigh-Ride (1897 Documentary)
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In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, normal routines are resuming after a snowstorm. Along a city street, pedestrians watch as a vehicle passes by... (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
52.
The Morning Alarm (1896 Documentary)
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The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Fire Department responds to an alarm on a December morning. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
53.
Fifth Avenue, New York (1897 Documentary)
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"The famous parade ground of Metropolitan fashion. Exquisitely gowned women, club men, actresses, millionaires pass by on their afternoon stroll." - from the Edison Catalog (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
54.
Mr. Edison at Work in His Chemical Laboratory (1897 Documentary)
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"This film is remarkable in several respects. In the first place, it is full life-size. Secondly, it... (1 mins.)
 
55.
Return of Lifeboat (1897 Documentary)
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"Shows a life boat coming through the breakers. The surf is high and the stout boat is tossed about like a cork." (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
56.
Troop Ships for the Philippines (1898 Documentary)
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The S.S. Australia departs from San Francisco Bay, carrying American soldiers to the Philippines. (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
57.
U.S. Troops Landing at Daiquiri, Cuba (1898 Documentary)
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"The first U.S. Troops to land, June 22, 1898. Transports in the distance. Soldiers clamber up from boats onto the long railroad pier." - from the Edison Catalog (1 mins.)
 
58.
Shooting Captured Insurgents (1898 Short Film)
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"A file of Spanish soldiers line up the Cubans against a blank wall and fire a volley. The flash of rifles and drifting smoke make a very striking picture." - from the Edison Catalog (1 mins.)
 
59.
The Burglar on the Roof (1898 Short Film)
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There is a burglar on the rooftop of a Manhattan office building, and he is trying to break in. Two women spot him... (1 mins.)
 
60.
Fireman Rescuing Men and Women (1901 Documentary)
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Shows the efficiency of modern life-saving methods and apparatus now in use by the fire departments...
 
61.
A Wringing Good Joke (1899 Short Film)
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"Grandpa sits nodding in his armchair in the kitchen, where a sout, jolly washerwoman is washing clothes... (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
62.
Searching Ruins on Broadway, Galveston, for Dead Bodies (1900 Documentary)
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This shows the heart of the tremendous drifts in the east end of Galveston. Hundreds of bodies are concealed in these immense masses... (1 mins.)
Director: Albert E. Smith
 
63.
The Kiss (1900 Documentary)
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Nothing new, but an old thing done over again and done well. Some one has attempted to describe a kiss... (1 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
Stars: Fred Ott
 
64.
Capture of Boer Battery by British (1900 Short Film)
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Nothing can exceed the stubborn resistance shown by the Gordon Highlanders, as we see them steadily... (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
65.
New Black Diamond Express (1900 Documentary)
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A crew of railroad workmen are busy along the tracks of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. When the Black Diamond Express appears in the distance... (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
66.
Watermelon Contest (1900 Short Film)
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Four men each hold a large slice of watermelon, and have a race to see who can finish eating first. All four move quickly, but one man seems to be pulling ahead of the others. Soon the contestants begin to hinder one another's efforts. (2 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
67.
A Storm at Sea (1900 Documentary)
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While our photographers were crossing the Atlantic Ocean a most wonderful and sensational picture was secured... (1 mins.)
Director: James H. White
 
68.
The Old Maid Having Her Picture Taken (1901 Short Film)
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An old maid is walking about the studio while the photographer is getting his camera ready. She first looks at a hanger... (1 mins.)
 
69.
Another Job for the Undertaker (1901 Short Film)
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Shows a bedroom in a hotel. On the wall of the room is a conspicuous sign "Don't blow out the gas." A hayseed enters the room... (2 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
70.
High Diving Scene (1901 Documentary)
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A daredevil rides his bicycle down a ramp and attempts to land in a pool of water as a crowd of spectators watches. (1 mins.)
 
71.
Photographing a Country Couple (1901 Short Film)
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The scene opens showing Reuben and his best girl looking for a quiet place to spoon. A photographer enters and suggests taking their pictures... (1 mins.)
 
72.
What Happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City (1901 Short Film)
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A winner and sure to please. In front of one of the largest newspaper offices is a hot air shaft through... (1 mins.)
 
73.
Pan-American Exposition by Night (1901 Documentary)
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A great feature of the Pan-American Exposition, as unanimously conceded by all visitors, was the electric... (1 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
74.
Trapeze Disrobing Act (1901 Short Film)
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Shows the stage of a vaudeville theatre. A lady in evening costume is performing on a trapeze. Two Rubes are seated in a box... (2 mins.)
Stars: Charmion
 
75.
Burning of Durland's Riding Academy (1902 Documentary)
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This picture shows the fire at its height, the firemen playing water on the buildings, and the falling walls of one of the large stones. - from the Edison Catalog (3 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
76.
The Burlesque Suicide, No. 2 (1902 Short Film)
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A despondent-looking man sits behind a table that holds a drink and a gun. He hesitates, thinks things over, starts to take a drink, and then puts down the glass. Then he picks up the gun, raises it to his temple, and ... (1 mins.)
 
77.
Jack and the Beanstalk (1902 Short Film)
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Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of the famous fairy tale story of Jack and his magic beanstalk... (10 mins.)
 
78.
The Interrupted Bathers (1902 Short Film)
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Three girls are taking a bath in a quiet, shady spot along a beautiful stream. Another young lady in bathing attire reclines on the bank... (1 mins.)
 
79.
Electrocuting an Elephant (1903 Documentary)
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The execution of Topsy, a female elephant, in a publicity stunt advertising the opening of Luna Park on Coney Island... (1 mins.)
Stars: Topsy
 
80.
Life of an American Fireman (1903 Short Film)
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Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire... (6 mins.)
 
81.
Egyptian Fakir with Dancing Monkey (1903 Documentary)
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The fakir with his trick monkey is seated on the pavement in a street in Cairo. He plays a tom-tom, while the monkey dances the couchee-couchee... (2 mins.)
 
82.
A Scrap in Black and White (1903 Short Film)
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Shows a young black boy and a white boy in a lively set-to. They finally collapse in the centre of the... (2 mins.)
 
83.
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1903 Short Film)
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Based on the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe: Eliza, a slave who has a young child, pleads with Tom, another slave... (13 mins.)
 
84.
The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903 Short Film)
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A woman being fitted for shoes exposes her ankle to the shoe clerk, who is intrigued. He kisses her, but her chaperone hits him with her umbrella. (1 mins.)
 
85.
Turning the Tables (1903 Short Film)
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A policeman confronts a group of boys who have ignored a 'No Bathing Allowed' sign. (1 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
86.
What Happened in the Tunnel (1903 Short Film)
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A woman riding a train must contend with the unwelcome advances of a male passenger. (1 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
87.
The Great Train Robbery (1903 Short Film)
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A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels. (11 mins.)
 
88.
Rector's to Claremont (1904 Short Film)
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When a group of diners boards a carriage, one man is left behind and chases after them on foot. (4 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
89.
European Rest Cure (1904 Short Film)
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An American tourist has a terrible ordeal on his European vacation. (17 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
90.
How a French Nobleman Got a Wife Through the 'New York Herald' Personal Columns (1904 Short Film)
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A French aristocrat, who has recently arrived in America, has placed a personal advertisement in the newspaper... (8 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
91.
Nervy Nat Kisses the Bride (1904 Short Film)
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A tramp gets involved in mischief on a train. (2 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
92.
Scarecrow Pump (1904 Short Film)
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A boy tries to play a practical joke, but his target has other ideas. (2 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
93.
The Strenuous Life (1904 Short Film)
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94.
The Ex-Convict (1904 Short Film)
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A recently released prisoner struggles to support his family. (8 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
95.
The Kleptomaniac (1905 Short Film)
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A well-dressed woman leaves her home and takes a carriage to a department store. While she is in the store... (8 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
96.
The Seven Ages (1905 Short Film)
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A couple who have known each other all of their lives are shown together at different stages of life... (5 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
97.
The Whole Dam Family and the Dam Dog (1905 Short Film)
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The Whole Dam Family and The Dam Dog is a popular fad which has been widely advertised by lithographs and souvenir mailing cards... (5 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
98.
Coney Island at Night (1905 Documentary)
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A panorama of Coney Island, taken at night: the camera sweeps across the scene from a vantage point well above the area. It then moves in for closer views of Dreamland and Luna Park. (4 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
99.
The Little Train Robbery (1905 Short Film)
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In this parody of 1903's _Great Train Robbery, The (1903)_, also made by Edwin S. Porter, young bandits rob the passengers of a kiddie train and are chased by police officers. (12 mins.)
Director: Edwin S. Porter
 
100.
The White Caps (1905 Short Film)
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Two members of a vigilante group known as 'The White Caps' post a warning sign on a man's home. When the man comes home... (12 mins.)