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23 February 1901 (USA) See more »
Theodore Roosevelt merrily kills a mountain lion in Colorado while his press agent and photographer record the event for posterity. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Edwin S. Porter 
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Edwin S. Porter 

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Of Mediocre Quality As A Film, But Interesting As A Piece of History, 25 August 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Although the film itself is of mediocre quality, this short feature is still quite an interesting piece of history, as one of the very earliest movie parodies of a public figure. Theodore Roosevelt was not yet President when the film was released in February 1901, but having recently been elected Vice President, he was very well-known and a popular, if rather controversial, figure. The movie satirizes Roosevelt's well-publicized sporting exploits, which seem to have been a large part of his public persona.

In itself, the film is not really that good, despite some clever ideas. The actor who plays "Terrible Teddy" does not really resemble Roosevelt, yet it should have been relatively easy, even in 1901, to make a better effort at simulating Roosevelt's appearance. It's still easy to recognize 'Teddy' from his habits, and the brief story does have one or two good satirical gags, but they would have been more amusing if they had been carried out with a little more skill.

It's still interesting in itself and in comparison with the similar, though much more involved, films of the present. It would be interesting to know how this was received by a public that generally admired Roosevelt, since viewers usually judge films with any political implications by whether they agree with the movie's viewpoint, rather than by its intrinsic cinematic quality. Human nature was probably the same in 1901.

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