Admiral Dewey Receiving the Washington and New York Committees (1899)
Admiral Dewey Taking Leave of Washington Committee on the U.S. Cruiser "Olympia" (1899)
U.S. Cruiser 'Olympia' Leading Naval Parade (1899)
** (out of 4)
George Dewey was an admiral in the U.S. Navy who is best remembered for his victory at Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War, which he won without the death of a single person due to the battle. Needless to say since he was a big hero in this country Edison decided to film him at various stages and release them to make some money.
I'm not sure how much money the company ended up making but some back then might have seen these films as a rip because you really don't get too many views of Dewey. The shorts vary from one to another but they run from a minute and a half up to four-minutes but in some of them Dewey is only visible for a few seconds. ADMIRAL DEWEY LEADING LAND PARADE is shot very poorly so apparently the cameraman was a new one. Its "sequel" looks a lot better and features some interesting shots of various people watching. You'll notice the tree tops are blowing from side to side so it seems a wind storm was going on. RECEIVING WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK appears to be a staged shot as Dewey walks to and from the camera several times. The LEADING NAVAL PARADE is an interesting one as we see countless ships going down the Hudson River but the curious thing is again the wind that is blowing all sorts of things around.
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