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Three American Beauties (1906)

Images of a rose, a young woman, and the American flag.


Wallace McCutcheon (uncredited), Edwin S. Porter (uncredited)




In this color-tinted short, we first see a close-up of a red rose, perfectly formed. Then, we see the rose held by a young woman who is wearing a bright yellow dress. She's the second beauty. Behind her is a slow dissolve to the US flag, tinted in red, white, and blue, blowing in the wind. Behind the flag is a star-lit sky. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Documentary | Short






Release Date:

June 1906 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Három amerikai szépség See more »

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Sound Mix:



Black and White | Color (stencil tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the Museum of Modern Art. See more »

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Beautiful colors, no plot, but is it the right film?
30 January 2003 | by Art-22See all my reviews

It is hard to say much about a 43-second film with no plot. It opens with a gorgeous full-frame colored close-up of an American Beauty red rose. This was startling, since the AFI Catalogue of Film Beginnings, 1893-1910 (published 1995), says the 1906 version was a black-and-white film, according to information from the Edison Film Catalogue. The title frame, with the Edison trademark, also clearly says patented 1906. However, another film called "Three American Beauties (No.2)" released in 1907 was slightly longer and handcolored. I wondered if what was being shown was a combination of the two films: the title frame of the 1906 version and the actual film of the 1907 version. At 43 seconds, the film was incomplete for either version, so we may never know.

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