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Capture of Trenches at Candaba (1899)

"The Filipinos execute a flank movement and re-occupy the trenches, cutting off the advance guard of Americans. The rebel flag waves over the ditch and they defend their positions bravely. ... See full summary »

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"The Filipinos execute a flank movement and re-occupy the trenches, cutting off the advance guard of Americans. The rebel flag waves over the ditch and they defend their positions bravely. A fierce charge by our soldiers makes them give way and they scatter in all directions. The officer in command pays dearly for his desperate sortie. Just as his horse clears the embankment the officer throws up his hands and falls backward with a crash; while the rider-less horse dashes off toward the American lines. Full of exciting action and excellent detail." Written by Edison Catalog

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5 June 1899 (USA)  »

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Edison Short
12 September 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Capture of Trenches at Candaba (1899)

*** (out of 4)

This Edison short once again takes advantage of the Spanish-American War and delivers a fairly nice film. The camera is set inside the Filipinos trench where they are firing upon American soldiers. Soon the Americans make a charge and the bad guys take off the other way. Once again the Edison company delivers a pretty good little film that only lasts fifty-one seconds but each of those are full of action. The camera is set up at the perfect spot and everything going on remains entertaining throughout. You really can't expect too much out of a film like this but I'm sure it had crowds back in 1899 going crazy with excitement.


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