The catalog for the 1947 Art in Cinema program dates the film as circa 1906. However, Richard Abel, a silent movie historian, gives two dates for the film. First, in his The Ciné Goes to Town: French Cinema, 1896-1914 (published 1998), Abel places the film in 1910 citing a Motion Picture World magazine article and a Pathé World Bulletin, both published in October 1910.
Later, Abel places the film in 1908-1909 in his Encyclopedia of Early Cinema (published 2010). Most online sources claim a definitive year as 1910 without sourcing the origin of that date, but perhaps it began with The Ciné Goes to Town.
The original source of the above bootlegged version of the film is unknown, as well.
Although this is a French film, the opening title card calls the film Slippery Jim, perhaps for its U.S. release. The