La cella di un condannato a morte. L'uomo sta dormendo e sogna il passato che lo ha portato in prigione : vita frenetica, cattive amicizie, alcolismo, l'assassinio di un cassiere di banca. ... See full summary »
On the roof of an ancient palace appear a young Knight and his lady. While they are making love an ugly old witch appears and is rather troublesome. The Knight commands her to leave, and ... See full summary »
Sherlock Holmes enters his drawing room to find it being burgled, but on confronting the villain is surprised when the latter disappears. Holmes initially attempts to ignore the event by ... See full summary »
This early docudrama shows Auburn Prison and recreates the electrocution of Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President McKinley of the United States. Some versions offer additional footage at... See full summary »
It's one of several films released of Buffalo Bill Cody, famed hero of the Wild West...
Or was he? His celebrity, which still survives to this day, isn't based on his being a buffalo hunter in the 1860s. There were many of those, and Cody is about the only one we know of. His continued celebrity rests on his having been a canny showman and publicist, portrayed in Dime Novels, Wild West Shows bearing his name, movies like this and ANNIE OAKLEY, Broadway shows like ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, television (go check the IMDb listing for "Buffalo Bill Cody" and you'll find over fifty listings for the character), a screen actor who went under the name of "Buffalo Bill Jr."...
You name it, it's there. Because there is a persistence of celebrity, just like there is a persistence of momentum. Sometimes celebrity continues, even when the reasons for it have vanished. There seem to be people famous just for being famous. You hear someone say "Look! It's Buffalo Bill Cody!" and point and that's how you know him. Later, you point and say it too.
Anyway, this is one from a paper print at the Library of Congress. It's impossible to make out any details. Perhaps one day they'll use the new transfer machines to make a better print and we will be able to see William F. Cody in sharp detail. It makes little difference either way.
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