College - Early Short Films (Live Action)

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1.
The House of the Devil (1896 Short Film)
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With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters. (3 mins.)
 
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Conjuring (1896 Short Film)
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Boognish the goddemon Wants your soul to perform tricks for him. WEEN is your only salvation.
 
3.
The Conjuring of a Woman at the House of Robert Houdin (1896 Short Film)
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A woman disappears on stage. (1 mins.)
 
4.
Une partie de cartes (1896 Short Film)
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Three friends are playing cards in a beer garden. One of them orders drinks. The waitress comes back with a bottle of wine and three glasses on a tray... (1 mins.)
 
5.
Danse serpentine (1896 Short Film)
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6.
The Devil's Castle (1897 Short Film)
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A man dressed in red is ushered into an antechamber in a Castle and offered a seat. When he tried to... (1 mins.)
 
7.
The Devil's Laboratory (1897 Short Film)
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"The picture shows the Devil working at a fire. Two cavaliers appear, and the Devil takes the form of a seer...
 
8.
The Living Playing Cards (1904 Short Film)
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A bearded magician holds up a large playing card and makes it larger. He tears up a card of a queen... (3 mins.)
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
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.
 
11.
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.
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge (1888 Documentary)
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A shot of people walking on The Leeds Bridge.
 
14.
Accordion Player (1888 Short Film)
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A very brief film of a man playing the accordion.
 
15.
The One-Man Band (1900 Short Film)
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A band-leader assembles an orchestra by mystifying means. (2 mins.)
 
16.
The Magic Lantern (1903 Short Film)
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In this brief "trick film" two clowns assemble an enormous magic lantern which first projects moving images, then emits dancing girls. (3 mins.)
 
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The Mermaid (1904 Short Film)
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A magician conjures up a mermaid while fishing. (4 mins.)
 
18.
The Black Imp (1905 Short Film)
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A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room. (4 mins.)
 
19.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1907 Short Film)
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(10 mins.)
 
20.
Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship (1906 Short Film)
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An inventor dreams that his newly designed airship takes flight. (3 mins.)
 
21.
The Conquest of the Pole (1912 Short Film)
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Scientists from all over the world are meeting to discuss the best way to reach the North Pole. Professor... (33 mins.)
 
22.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910 Short Film)
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An early version of the classic, based more on the 1902 stage musical than on the original novel. (13 mins.)
Director: Otis Turner
 
23.
Conjurer Making Ten Hats in Sixty Seconds (1896 Short Film)
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24.
A Badly Managed Hotel (1896 Short Film)
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25.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
 
26.
A Trip to Mars (1910 Short Film)
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A scientist discovers reverse gravity and goes to Mars in the process. (5 mins.)
Director: Ashley Miller
 
27.
The Bewitched Inn (1897 Short Film)
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A weary traveler stops at an inn along the way to get a good night's sleep, but his rest is interrupted... (2 mins.)
 
28.
Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898 Short Film)
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One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place... (1 mins.)
 
29.
A Trip to the Moon (1898 Short Film)
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An astronomer falls asleep and has a strange dream involving a fairy queen and the Moon. (3 mins.)
 
30.
Pygmalion and Galatea (1898 Short Film)
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Showing Pygmalion at work in his studio on the statue of Galatea, who, on being completed, comes to life...
 
31.
The Magician (1898 Short Film)
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In this scene is shown a magician behind an ordinary table, upon which he suddenly and mysteriously causes to appear a large box... (1 mins.)
 
32.
Illusions fantasmagoriques (1898 Short Film)
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Opens with a magician compressing something white in his hands. It transforms into a living dove. which... (1 mins.)
 
33.
Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906 Short Film)
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A cartoonist draws faces and figures on a blackboard - and they come to life. (3 mins.)
 
34.
Joan of Arc (1900 Short Film)
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A divinely inspired peasant woman becomes an army captain for France and then is martyred after she is captured. (10 mins.)
 
35.
The Enchanted Drawing (1900 Short Film)
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A cartoonist defies reality when he draws objects that become three-dimensional after he lifts them off his sketch pad. (2 mins.)
 
36.
The India Rubber Head (1901 Short Film)
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A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head. (3 mins.)
 
37.
Fire! (1901 Short Film)
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Firefighters ring for help, and here comes the ladder cart; they hitch a horse to it. A second horse-drawn truck joins the first... (5 mins.)
 
38.
Bluebeard (1901 Short Film)
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A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances. (9 mins.)
 
39.
The Human Fly (1902 Short Film)
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This is a moving picture that moves. Positively the greatest magical picture ever offered. A Hindoo... (2 mins.)
 
40.
Alice in Wonderland (1903 Short Film)
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Alice dozes in a garden, awakened by a dithering white rabbit in waistcoat with pocket watch. She follows... (8 mins.)
 
41.
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.)
 
42.
The Hilarious Posters (1906 Short Film)
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A wall full of advertising posters comes to life. (3 mins.)
 
43.
Frankenstein (1910 Short Film)
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Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster... (16 mins.)
 
44.
The Bridegroom's Dilemma (1899 Short Film)
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An excellent film, full of surprise and illusions, the exhibition of which will certainly be welcomed at any smoking concert or stag party.
 
45.
Cleopatra's Tomb (1899 Short Film)
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A man digging inside an Egyptian tomb chops up a mummy, then resurrects the woman inside it.
 
46.
Le chevalier mystère (1899 Short Film)
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The conjurer appears at a blackboard and shows the head of a knight on it. He seizes the picture of the head... (2 mins.)
 
47.
Miser's Dream (1899 Short Film)
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Showing interior of a laboratory of a metallurgist conducting experiments and he is endeavoring to produce gold from baser metals... (1 mins.)
 
48.
A Dinner Under Difficulties (1899 Short Film)
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Showing the interior of a dining room of a modest cottage, whereto enter a young couple to partake in their meal...
 
49.
The Suburbanite (1904 Short Film)
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A family moves out to the 'peaceful' suburbs where everything goes wrong, including the mother-in-law moving in. (9 mins.)
 
50.
The Country Doctor (1909 Short Film)
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While caring for his sick daughter, a doctor is called away to the sickbed of a neighbor. He finds the neighbor gravely ill, and ignores his wife's pleas to come home and care for his own daughter, who has taken a turn for the worse. (14 mins.)
 
51.
The Invaders (1912 Short Film)
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The U.S. Army and the Indians sign a peace treaty. However, a group of surveyors trespass on the Indians' land and violate the treaty... (41 mins.)
 
52.
The Breath of a Nation (1919 Short Film)
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Prohibition has just gone into effect, and Judge Rummy's wife eagerly throws away all of the Judge's liquor... (6 mins.)
Director: Gregory LaCava
 
53.
De-Light: Making an Electric Light Bulb (1920 Documentary)
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Details making an early electric bulb in a factory. (12 mins.)
 
54.
Shaw Talks for Movietone News (1928 Short Film)
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Famous author George Bernard Shaw's monologue to an audience on a variety of topics, including his impression of Mussolini's stern facial expressions. (5 mins.)
 
55.
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.)
 
56.
Roundhay Garden Scene (1888 Documentary)
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In the garden, a man asks his friends to do something silly for him to record on film. (1 mins.)
 
57.
Mephistopheles' School of Magic (1902 Short Film)
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The setting of this fantastic scene represents the hall of an old chateau in which a miser has locked up seven large bags containing his wealth... (3 mins.)
 
58.
The Passion Play (1903 Short Film)
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1. THE ANNUNCIATION. The Angel of the Lord appears to Mary, announcing the birth of a child, which shall be called the "Son of God." 2... (44 mins.)
 
59.
A Fantasy (1908 Short Film)
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The first all-animated film in history, a series of scenes without much narrative structure, but morphing into each other. (2 mins.)
Director: Émile Cohl
 
60.
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.)
 
61.
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.)
 
62.
Cagliostro's Mirror (1899 Short Film)
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Another magical trick well worth having. A large frame is seen hanging on the wall. Suddenly a basket of flowers appears therein...
 
63.
A LIvely Cock Fight (1899 Documentary)
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The interior of a room, showing two Bantam cocks fighting. Of the many cock fights heretofore exhibited, this is without doubt the liveliest and best, being full of action. From a photographic standpoint it is certainly perfect.
 
64.
Oh! What a Night; or, The Sultan's Dream (1900 Short Film)
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The picture opens with the Sultan lying down to rest on his luxurious cushioned couch. The scene changes to the grounds around the palace... (3 mins.)
 
65.
The Magic Book (1900 Short Film)
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When this picture opens, you see a large book mounted on an easel. An old student is seen poring over old manuscripts when he advances toward the book... (3 mins.)
 
66.
Going to Bed Under Difficulties (1900 Short Film)
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A traveler puts up at an inn. He hangs his overcoat and hat upon a peg in his room, but he finds, instantly... (2 mins.)
 
67.
The Cook's Revenge (1900 Short Film)
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Showing the interior of a kitchen, with the cook trying to embrance and kiss the maid, who drops the... (1 mins.)
 
68.
The Triple Conjurer and the Living Head (1900 Short Film)
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A man comes onto the stage through the fireplace, divides himself, and sits on stools on either side of a table... (1 mins.)
 
69.
How He Missed His Train (1900 Short Film)
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A man wishing to catch a train, and having left himself none too much time to do so, rises from his couch and proceeds to don his garments... (1 mins.)
 
70.
Little Red Riding Hood (1901 Short Film)
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A spectacular performance, in twelve tableaux, of the most popular and best known fairy tale in history...
 
71.
The Brahmin and the Butterfly (1901 Short Film)
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A Brahmin comes upon a giant caterpillar, which turns into a cross between a butterfly and a girl: the Brahmin finally turns into a caterpillar. (2 mins.)
 
72.
The Christmas Dream (1901 Short Film)
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The entire story of Christmastide is here depicted. The scene opens in a large boudoir of an apparently wealthy man's home... (4 mins.)
 
73.
A Maiden's Paradise (1901 Short Film)
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The scene opens in a wizard's cavern, showing an inanimate figure resting against a table. The wizard...
 
74.
Gulliver's Travels (1902 Short Film)
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Of all the beautiful stories ever told none are more interesting than Gulliver's Travels. How Gulliver... (4 mins.)
 
75.
Éruption volcanique à la Martinique (1902 Short Film)
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This picture depicts the eruption of the volcano by which over 30,000 souls were hurled into eternity... (1 mins.)
 
76.
The Magician and the Imp (1902 Short Film)
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The magician appears upon the stage with an imp as his assistant. The imp holds a piece of cloth in his hand... (1 mins.)
 
77.
Sure Cure for Indigestion (1902 Short Film)
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In this film, we show the interior of a doctor's office. A patient enters, and judging from the expression on his face...
 
78.
The Triple Headed Lady (1902 Short Film)
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A most astounding film, showing a lady with three heads. These are taken away one after the other, and...
 
79.
An Impossible Balancing Feat (1902 Short Film)
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An ancient tower, in which is seated the magician, occupies the centre of the stage. On either side of the tower is a statue... (2 mins.)
 
80.
The Cake-Walk Infernal (1903 Short Film)
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Pluto, having seen the earth, comes back home amazed at the success of that well-known dance, the "cake-walk."... (5 mins.)
 
81.
The Monster (1903 Short Film)
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An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx... (2 mins.)
 
82.
Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies (1903 Short Film)
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At the royal court, a prince is presenting the princess whom he is pledged to marry, when a witch suddenly appears... (16 mins.)
 
83.
The Infernal Boiling Pot (1903 Short Film)
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Two demons throw helpless captives into a boiling cauldron, and then try to summon forth their spirits. (2 mins.)
 
84.
Jupiter's Thunderballs (1903 Short Film)
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Brief "trick film" in which Zeus and two other gods romp with dancing girls on Olympian clouds.
 
85.
The Music Lover (1903 Short Film)
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The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music. (3 mins.)
 
86.
The Apparition (1903 Short Film)
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Alone in his room at an inn, a lustful old man is haunted by spirits. (3 mins.)
 
87.
The Famous Box Trick (1903 Short Film)
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This is one of the most surprising and clever subjects of the entire series. The conjurer causes to appear suddenly on the table a box...
 
88.
The Inn Where No Man Rests (1903 Short Film)
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A traveler is shown to a room in an inn. After a brief dispute with the hostess and a porter, he is left to himself... (5 mins.)
 
89.
An Impossible Voyage (1904 Short Film)
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Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey... (24 mins.)
 
90.
The Imperceptible Transmutations (1904 Short Film)
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This shows a prince entering upon the stage of the King's private theatre. He is about to do a few mystifying tricks for the amusement of the court... (3 mins.)
 
91.
Tchin-Chao, the Chinese Conjuror (1904 Short Film)
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A Chinese conjurer stands next to a table, it becomes two tables. A fan becomes a parasol, lanterns appear and disappear... (3 mins.)
 
92.
The Clock Maker's Dream (1904 Short Film)
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A weary clock-maker dozes off in a chair. While he is asleep, three women suddenly appear in the midst of his shop. They proceed to show the sleeping clock-maker some new kinds of clocks that they know how to make. (2 mins.)
 
93.
The Palace of Arabian Knights (1905 Short Film)
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A poor but honest young man wins the hand of a beautiful Princess after facing a series of exciting adventures involving apparitions, cartwheeling skeletons, a dragon, and plump dancing girls from the Folies Bergere. (19 mins.)
 
94.
The 400 Tricks of the Devil (1906 Short Film)
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Two travellers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventuly experience a buggy ride through the... (17 mins.)
 
95.
The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon (1907 Short Film)
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An astronomer of age, wealth, and erudition conducts classes in his home. His students are not always respectful... (9 mins.)
 
96.
The Dream of an Opium Fiend (1908 Short Film)
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The opium fiend is seen in a den, puffing on this terrible narcotic. He then falls fast asleep and dreams that he is at home with his wife... (4 mins.)
 
97.
Long Distance Wireless Photography (1908 Short Film)
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Into a photography studio full of large fantastic machines steps an elderly couple. The bearded proprietor... (6 mins.)
 
98.
The Woes of Roller Skaters (1908 Short Film)
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(7 mins.)
 
99.
His First Job (1908 Short Film)
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A gentleman enters a grocery store and asks the owner to hire his nephew as a his assistant. The grocer... (5 mins.)
 
100.
Baron Munchausen's Dream (1911 Short Film)
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After an evening of excessive wining and dining Baron Munchausen must be helped to bed by his servants. Once asleep, he has bizarre and frightening dreams. (11 mins.)