In an upper class home, two tuxedoed gentlemen discuss meeting the young lady who lives there. The taller of the two, "Jack", plays a prank on his friend by telling him she's hard of ... See full summary »
Coke Ennyday, the scientific detective, divides his own time in periods for "Sleep", "Eat", "Dope" and "Drink". In fact he's used to overcome every situation with drugs: consuming it to ... See full summary »
Decorated by the Legion of Honor for his services in the Imperial Guard, under the Emperor Napoleon, on the burning sands of Africa and the snows of Russia. Havresac, one of the Old Guard, ... See full summary »
Clara Kimball Young,
A group of actors in various costumes including powdered-wigged 18th century interlocutor, and black-faced comedian side men, engage in some jokes and sing several songs, including "Grand ... See full summary »
There is no reliable documentation that any film bearing this title was produced by IMP, or released by Universal at this time. Chances are production of the film was either suspended ... See full summary »
In a modern day interview, after she had seen the restoration of the film, Edison actress Viola Dana (nee Virginia Flugrath) identified the actress who played the Queen of the Fairies as her sister Shirley Mason who was also working for Edison at that time, under her real name, Leonie Flugrath. See more »
The 5,5 minute version of this short film is represented on a wonderful double disc Les Premiers Pas du Cinema (The Firsts of the Cinema), dedicated to the earliest experiments in colour and sound. The oldest colour films and surviving soundies are well represented on these discs. Nursery Favourites is a marvel. Even though it's presented as a pre-recorded number (singers miming to a commercial record), I strongly disagree. Having watched this performance many times, it is quite clear that this is a live recording - we see the performers and hear them at the same time. The way the singers sing, breathe, bump against the objects, drop things on the ground and add bits of spoken dialog strongly suggests that somewhere is a hidden orchestra and everything is done live in front of a camera. Which probably makes this the first time ever a live performance is recorded on a sound stock. Which makes this marvel from 1913 one of the most fascinating film-sound documents of all times.
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