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A Nigger in the Woodpile (1904)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  8 April 1904 (USA)
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This is a clever comedy production in several scenes. In the opening scene the hired man is complaining to Farmer Jones that the woodpile is being depleted by thieves. Farmer Jones decides ... See full summary »

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This is a clever comedy production in several scenes. In the opening scene the hired man is complaining to Farmer Jones that the woodpile is being depleted by thieves. Farmer Jones decides to adopt drastic measures and loads one of the sticks with dynamite. In the next scene a colored deacon, one of the shining lights in the African Church, is seen making away with the wood. The next scene shows the home of the deacon, where he is taking his comfort at the kitchen fire, while his wife is busy with the washing. The loaded stick is, of course, put into the fire, and there is a terrific explosion and the building is ruined. Farmer Jones and his man appear at the critical moment and the colored thieves are given a punishment they will not soon forget. Written by Biograph Catalog

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It could have been funny if they didn't use "black" people...
7 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

........But maybe I'm being too touchy. Filmed in black and white, about 10 seconds, this is about a man dressed in blackface. (For those who don't know, BLACKFACE is a term used for white actors who painted their faces black. They then do skits or act in short films that are usually racist and stereotypical towards black people, that's why I put quotation marks around the word "black". They weren't even black!) He steals a woodpile(whatever the hell a woodpile is---probably a pile of wood) from some farm. There then is a big explosion. A black lady(most likely in blackface too)comes out and she seems to be yelling or something. Then, some white farmer guy comes out, and thanks to the after math of the explosion, he catches the black man that stole the woodpile. Why was it necessary for them to use a black person? They could have used white people! But you know what, for it's time, it was pretty good----with the fake explosion and whatnot. But I still think caucasoid actors could have been used.


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