The clip shows a jockey, Domm, riding a horse, Sally Gardner. The clip is not filmed but instead consists of 24 individual photographs shot in rapid succession, making a moving picture when using a zoopraxiscope.
"A little while ago there was a great convention of women's clubs of America. Mrs. Edison is interested in women's clubs and their work and she decided to entertain the Presidents of the ... See full summary »
The sound has been found in the form of an old Edisonian recording cylinder. The cylinder was repaired, then Walter Murch ACE MPSE synced the film to the correct music in (I believe) 2002. Total running time is approximately 17 seconds.
The title pretty much tells you exactly what happens in this Edison short. A cat is dropped and lands on some soft cushions. For those PETA fans, have no fear everything was pulled off smoothly.
Is that enough of a plot for you? Considering this was 1894 there's no point in really expecting a plot. There's certainly nothing terrible or great about this picture but fans of early cinema will want to watch it just because of the historic value. I'm fairly certain this was the first cat to ever be put into a movie so that there gives you a historic reason to watch it if you needed one.
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