The execution of Topsy, a female elephant, in a publicity stunt advertising the opening of Luna Park on Coney Island. Topsy was originally owned by Forepaugh Circus where she killed a ... See full summary »
Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. Made ill by what he has done, Frankenstein is comforted by his fiancée ... See full summary »
J. Searle Dawley
Scenes. 1. The Route to the Depths of Perdition (a Dazzingly Sensational New Effect.) 2. The Fantastical Ride. 3. The Gloomy Pass. 4. The Stream. 5. The Entrance to the Lower Regions. 6. ... See full summary »
"'Neidert,' of national fame, does stunts on his wheel that are simply wonderful. Makes his bicycle rear up, and rides around the stage on his back wheel; besides a lot of other easy things... See full summary »
Aboard the futuristic flying machine of his own invention, Professor Mabouloff and his team of intercultural explorers set off on yet another impossible expedition to North Pole's vast landscapes. What wonders await the bold adventurers?
Thomas Edison is credited as the director of this piece, but that's probably a record-keeping error, confusing the Edison company with its owner. They'll get around to correcting it one of these days, maybe. As for this movie, it looks like the unedited version of the piece as, for the first ninety seconds or so, we watch trick riders do various things, including what looks like falling off the bike just offscreen. Apparently all of those rather simple examples of, to the modern eye, dull performance pieces were elaborately staged and carefully edited -- just not in any style of editing that makes sense to the modern eye.
The final thirty seconds shows a loop which the cyclist is supposed to ride so fast that centrifugal force will keep him on the bike while he is riding upside down. The fact that all we get to see is someone trotting down the ramp is mildly amusing.
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