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Mounted Police Charge (1896)

"A battalion of New York's famous mounted police at inspection. They approach at break-neck gallop." - from the Edison Catalog






Credited cast:
Sergeant Eagan ... Himself


In Central Park, a large group of New York City mounted police officers are in full dress uniform. Starting from a distance, they begin to charge in unison directly towards the camera, passing a carriage moving in the opposite direction as they do so. Written by Snow Leopard

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Documentary | Short


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2 November 1896 (USA)  »

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Nice For Its Time
31 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Mounted Police Charge (1896)

At just 24-seconds there's certainly nothing ground-breaking here but fans of early cinema should at least be entertained. What we basically have is a camera set up in Central Park as a group of mounted police officers appear in the background and race up to the camera stopping just before hitting the camera. There's no real entertainment to be had here except for film buffs who enjoy watching these early movies. This Edison film at least gives people an interesting look at history because of getting to see these police officers. I always find it interesting to see how things really looked in 1896 so we get to view Central Park as well as see what type of uniforms were being worn by the police back in the day.

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