5.5/10
568
6 user 1 critic

Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show (1902)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | January 1902 (USA)
Country rube thinks what he sees on the movie screen is real. He jumps out of his seat to try to stop a kissing scene.

Director:

Edwin S. Porter
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

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
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput, the inhabitants of which are no more than six inches tall. He later travels to Brobdingnag, a country populated by giants.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A cartoonist defies reality when he draws objects that become three-dimensional after he lifts them off his sketch pad.

Director: J. Stuart Blackton
Stars: J. Stuart Blackton
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

As an elegant maestro of mirage and delusion drapes his beautiful female assistant with a gauzy textile, much to our amazement, the lady vanishes into thin air.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A great feature of the Pan-American Exposition, as unanimously conceded by all visitors, was the electric illumination of the Exposition grounds at night. After a great deal of ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Jules-Eugène Legris, Georges Méliès
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Three men hammer on an anvil and pass a bottle of beer around.

Director: William K.L. Dickson
Stars: Charles Kayser, John Ott
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

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

Director: Georges Méliès
Manhatta (1921)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This groundbreaking silent documentary captures the beauty and majesty of the New York City in its streets, skyscrapers, bridges, rail yards and harbors.

Directors: Charles Sheeler, Paul Strand
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A satire on the way that audiences unaccustomed to the cinema didn't know how to react to the moving images on a screen - in this film, an unsophisticated (and stereotypical) country yokel ... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A gardener is watering his flowers, when a mischievous boy sneaks up behind his back, and puts a foot on the water hose. The gardener is surprised, and looks into the nozzle to find out why... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière
Stars: François Clerc, Benoît Duval
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A man opens the big gates to the Lumière factory. Through the gateway and a smaller doorway beside it, workers are streaming out, turning either left or right. Most of them are women in ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Charles Manley Charles Manley ... Uncle Josh
Edit

Storyline

A side-splitter. Uncle Josh occupies a box at a vaudeville theatre, where a moving picture show is going on. First a dancer appears on the screen. Uncle Josh jumps to the stage and endeavors to make lover to her, but she flits away, and immediately there appears upon the screen the picture of an express train running at sixty miles an hour. Uncle Josh becomes panic-stricken, and fearing to be struck by the train, makes a dash for his box. He is no sooner seated than a country couple appear upon the screen, at a well. Before they pump the pail full of water they indulge in a love-making scene. Uncle Josh thinks he recognizes his own daughter, jumps upon the stage, removes his coat and prepares to chastise the lover, and grabbing the moving picture screen he hauls it down, and to his great surprise finds a kinetoscope operator in the rear. The operator is made furious by Uncle Josh interrupting his show, and grappling with him they roll over and over upon the stage in an exciting ... Written by Edison Catalog

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

film in film | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1902 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Josh bácsi és a mozgókép See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Uncle Josh Trilogy
29 April 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Uncle Josh's Nightmare (1900)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Uncle Josh in a Spooky Hotel (1900)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show (1902)

** (out of 4)

This Edison trilogy, directed by the legendary Edwin S. Porter, is considered the first film(s) to have a sequel and in fact this is probably the earliest attempt to create a franchise series. It's also worth noting that the actor playing Uncle Josh, Charles Manley, was an actor at the Ford Theatre when President Lincoln was assassinated so there's an interesting bit of history that makes this series worth checking out. In Uncle Josh's Nightmare, the Uncle is in bed trying to fall asleep when the Devil appears in his room and tries to keep him up. Uncle Josh must battle the Devil in order to try and get some sleep before morning. This film is really no different than countless films made by George Melies but it still remains slightly entertaining since there's a lot more action in this film than what we saw in the Melies movies. The action lasts for the entire movie and keeps the film moving well. In the sequel Uncle Josh in a Spooky Hotel, our good guy goes to a hotel to try and get some sleep but as soon as he walks into the room a spirit begins causing him trouble. Once again, this film really isn't any different than what we've seen from Melies but, again, the movie remains entertaining throughout. The special effects of the spirit coming up isn't the greatest in the world but the film does hae enough charm to keep it going. In the final film, Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show, our good guy walks in to see a movie but then thinks what he's seeing on the screen is real. This last film in the series is certainly the weakest but it still contains a little charm but it needed more of the laughs to work. We've all heard stories of people walking into a movie for the first time and freaking out by what they saw and I was hoping this film would capture that but it didn't. In the end, this trilogy of films runs just under six minutes and is worth viewing for anyone interested in the early days of cinema.


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed