Shorts 1903

by randvan | created - 04 Jun 2012 | updated - 05 Jun 2012 | Public

All short movies I have seen from 1903 ranked from best to worst.

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1. The Great Train Robbery (1903)

TV-G | 11 min | Short, Action, Western

A group of bandits stage a brazen train hold-up, only to find a determined posse hot on their heels.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, A.C. Abadie, George Barnes, Justus D. Barnes

Votes: 13,894

2. Fairyland: A Kingdom of Fairies (1903)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

In this spectacular free adaptation of the popular theatre play "La Biche au Bois", the valiant Prince Bel-Azor pursues a baleful old witch to her impregnable castle, to save the beautiful young Princess Azurine.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Marguerite Thévenard, Bleuette Bernon, Durafour

Votes: 856

3. The Music Lover (1903)

3 min | Short, Comedy, Music

The leader of a marching band demonstrates an unusual way of writing music.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,433

4. The Infernal Boiling Pot (1903)

2 min | Short, Horror

Two demons throw helpless captives into a boiling cauldron, and then try to summon forth their spirits.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 953

5. The Cake-Walk Infernal (1903)

5 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Pluto, having seen the earth, comes back home amazed at the success of that well-known dance, the "cake-walk." He has brought back with him two noted well-known dancers, who start their ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 744

6. Mary Jane's Mishap (1903)

4 min | Short, Comedy

Smith casts his wife as a sluttish housewife who is mutilated by lighting her oven with paraffin.

Director: George Albert Smith | Star: Laura Bayley

Votes: 583

7. Jupiter's Thunderballs (1903)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short, Fantasy

Brief "trick film" in which Zeus and two other gods romp with dancing girls on Olympian clouds.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 305

8. The Monster (1903)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx. The prince promises him a vast fortune if the dervish will only give him the ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 854

9. The Georgetown Loop (Colorado) (1903)

3 min | Short, Documentary

Georgetown is a silver-mining town at 8,500 feet near the crest of the Rockies. Hooked somehow to the rear of a four-car passenger train is a camera that pans the scenery and, when the ... See full summary »

Votes: 177

10. The Brahmin and the Butterfly (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Fantasy

A Brahmin comes upon a giant caterpillar, which turns into a cross between a butterfly and a girl: the Brahmin finally turns into a caterpillar.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 274

11. The Poachers (1903)

3 min | Drama, Short

Three hunters surprise two poachers in the act. The hunters take umbrage and give chase over fences and through fields. The hunters fire away, but the poachers have guns as well, and a ... See full summary »

Director: William Haggar | Stars: Sid Griffiths, Will Haggar Jr., Walter Haggar

Votes: 292

12. Life of an American Fireman (1903)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short, Action

Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire. They leave the station with their horse drawn pumper, arrive on the ... See full summary »

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Vivian Vaughan, Arthur White, James H. White

Votes: 1,628

13. The Magic Lantern (1903)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

In this brief "trick film" two clowns assemble an enormous magic lantern which first projects moving images, then emits dancing girls.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 513

14. Subub Surprises the Burglar (1903)

1 min | Short, Comedy

Shows a bedroom and a man asleep in bed. A burglar cautiously raises the window, climbs in, and proceeds to go through the man's clothes. The man awakes, pulls a lever, which closes him up ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 203

15. The Gay Shoe Clerk (1903)

Unrated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

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.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: Edward Boulden

Votes: 865

16. A Chess Dispute (1903)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

A stationary camera looks on as two dapper gents play a game of chess. One drinks and smokes, and when he looks away, his opponent moves two pieces. A fight ensues, first with the squirting... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 512

17. The Inn Where No Man Rests (1903)

Not Rated | 5 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

A traveler is shown to a room in an inn. After a brief dispute with the hostess and a porter, he is left to himself. But strange things begin to happen in his room, and before long he has ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 207

18. Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River (1903)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Documentary

This short film shows a panoramic view of Manhattan Island, as it appeared in 1903. The island is viewed from the North River (Hudson River), and the view moves down the west side of the ... See full summary »

Director: J.B. Smith

Votes: 460

19. Daylight Burglary (1903)

5 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A thief jumps a fence and removes the shutter from a house. He enters, but a lad who's witnessed the crime runs off to hail the coppers. The first officer on the scene climbs the fence, ... See full summary »

Director: Frank S. Mottershaw

Votes: 304

20. Up-to-Date Spiritualism (1903)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

In this subject a "comique eccentric" enters the drawing room inhabited by spirits. He tries to take off his coat and hat, but these garments return to his head and shoulders as soon as he ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 212

21. The Enchanted Well (1903)

Not Rated | 4 min | Fantasy, Drama, Short

Denied a handout, a witch exacts vengeance by cursing the village well.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 300

22. The Sick Kitten (1903)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Family

A girl gives a spoonful of medicine to a kitten.

Director: George Albert Smith

Votes: 719

23. Rip Van Winkle (I) (1903)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short, Comedy

An abridged version of the tale of Rip Van Winkle, a lazy American man, who wanders off one day with his dog Wolf into the Kaatskill mountains where he runs into an odd group of men ... See full summary »

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Joseph Jefferson

Votes: 288

24. From Show Girl to Burlesque Queen (1903)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

A woman in fancy dress enters a dressing room and begins to disrobe. She removes a coat, a top, and her skirt. As she starts to remove her chemise in front of the camera, she thinks the ... See full summary »

Votes: 255

25. An Extraordinary Cab Accident (1903)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

A man and a woman talk beside a street near a corner where a cop stands. Just as a horse-drawn cart rounds the corner, the man backs off the sidewalk saying good-by to his companion. The ... See full summary »

Directors: Walter R. Booth, Robert W. Paul

Votes: 370

26. Alice in Wonderland (1903)

8 min | Fantasy, Short

Alice dozes in a garden, awakened by a dithering white rabbit in waistcoat with pocket watch. She follows him down a hole and finds herself in a hall of many doors. A key opens a small door... See full summary »

Directors: Cecil M. Hepworth, Percy Stow | Stars: May Clark, Cecil M. Hepworth, Blair, Geoffrey Faithfull

Votes: 2,004

27. Electrocuting an Elephant (1903)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Horror

The execution of Topsy, a female elephant, in a publicity stunt advertising the opening of Luna Park on Coney Island. Topsy was originally owned by Forepaugh Circus where she killed a ... See full summary »

Stars: Carl Goliath, Topsy

Votes: 1,231

28. New York City 'Ghetto' Fish Market (1903)

Not Rated | 2 min | Documentary, Short

A fine panoramic view of this busy market on a Friday morning. Immense throngs of people are passing along the stands and making their purchases of fish. A great character-study. - from the Edison Catalog

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 192

29. What Happened in the Tunnel (1903)

Not Rated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

A woman riding a train must contend with the unwelcome advances of a male passenger.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, Bertha Regustus

Votes: 242

30. Uncle Tom's Cabin (I) (1903)

Not Rated | 13 min | Short, Drama

Based on the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe: Eliza, a slave who has a young child, pleads with Tom, another slave, to escape with her. Tom does not leave, but Eliza flees with her child. ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 329