In the background, five fans lean on the ropes looking into the ring. The referee is to the left; like the fans, he hardly moves as two fighters swing roundhouse blows at each other. Mike ... See full summary »
Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dances. For this performance, her costume has a pair of wings attached to her back, to suggest a butterfly. As she dances, she uses her long, flowing skirts to create visual patterns.
Hadj Cheriff, a performer known for a variety of unusual abilities, demonstrates part of his act in the Thomas Edison studio. He has a large knife in his hand at the opening of the act. He then hurls the knife away and begins a rapid series of dance-like motions, executing numerous cartwheels and whirling movements.Written by
William Heise and W.K.L. Dickson direct this short featuring Hadji Cheriff, an Arabian vaudeville performer. His act, as shown here, consists of several acrobatic moves. He was filmed in Edison's studio, the Black Maria.
This film displays more energy then most of the films from the early Edison era. Cheriff only has limited room in which to maneuver but still displays a good deal of grace and athleticism. Cheriff would also make a short for Heise and Dickson's successor at Edison, James H. White, called "Arabian Gun Twirler".
A 2 out of 10.
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