The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903)

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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.


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The Clerk (uncredited)


A clerk looks over the bank of stacked shoe boxes on the wall behind him. Two women enter, perhaps a mother and her grown daughter, one in white and one in black, both wearing large hats. The younger of the two asks to see shoes while the older one, sitting on the far side of the clerk, reads. He shows the younger woman a sample, then another. She selects the second, and he puts it on her foot, taking his time with the buttons and buckles. She slowly raises her skirt to display her ankle and then her calf. He looks up at her. Wait a second - is he a heel or is this a planned assignation? Written by <>

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One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the Museum of Modern Art. See more »


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A wild and crazy Sex Comedy, least by 1903 standards!
15 September 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have used this short silent clip as part of my lessons on the history of cinema with my American History students. And while it isn't the most exciting or technically adept film of the day, it's pretty funny today and shows hard far our sexual mores have changed in only about a century. It's really great as social commentary.

Two ladies enter a shoe store. The younger one tries on a shoe. As the salesman places it on her, he exposes her ankle and even a tiny portion of her calf!! And, naturally, he loses control of himself and attacks her--only to be beaten into submission by the older woman! Funny stuff and the teens I teach think it's a real hoot!

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