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Chinese Laundry Scene (1894)

The pursuit of Hop Lee by an irate policeman.
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Outside a laundry, a Chinese man hits a police officer over the head with a basket, and then runs inside the laundry. The policeman also rushes inside, only to have the other man swing outside on the other side of a revolving door. The police officer refuses to give up the chase, but the Chinese man proves very elusive. Written by Snow Leopard

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26 November 1894 (USA)  »

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The film offers the pursuit of a Chinese man who hits a police officer over the head with a basket outside a laundry, and then runs inside the laundry.
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1894 FIRST FILM

Chinese Laundry (or the Pursuit of Hop Lee by an irate policeman). (1894). Edison Kinetoscope Film. Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise. Cast: Robetta, Doretto.

The title appears in the Maguire and Baucus catalog of 1897, where it is described as the "Pursuit of Hop Lee by an irate policeman", an old vaudeville act. Maguire and Baucus were the London agents for the Kinetoscope.

While "Chinese Laundry" is their first silent film, William Heise first filmed/Takes/Shots include "Monkey Shines, No. 1 in 1890 and William K.L. Dickson's "Newark Athlete" in 1891.

Reference: Iris Barry, Eileen Bowser, Gary Carey, Alistair Cooke, Richard Griffith, Arthur Knight, & Donald Richie. (n. d.). Silent Films. NY: Museum of Modern Art and the United States Information Agency.


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