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History of Motion Pictures

Most early examples were actualities showing famous people, news events, disasters, people at work, new modes of travel and technology, scenic views, expositions, and other leisure activities. As actualities declined in popularity, the company's production emphasis shifted to comedies and dramas. This season features 50 fabulous Edison films produced in 1903 and 1904.

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Episodes (50)

  1. 1. A romance of the rail
    01 January 2004
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    A romance of the rail. A charming clip, made by T.A. Edison Inc. in 1903, depicts the quaint old ways of a couple romancing on the railroad. The delight on the lady's first rail journey, which ends in a romantic wedding on the tracks, is apparent in the interest she takes in the passing scenery. The clip ends on a humorous note when two stowaways emerge from the undercarriage.
  2. 2. Subub Suprises the Burglar
    01 January 2004
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    Subub Suprises the Burglar. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  3. 3. The Unappreciated Joke
    01 January 2004
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    The Unappreciated Joke. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  4. 4. Street Car Chivalry
    01 January 2004
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    Street Car Chivalry. All these clips bring a smile to your lips. This particular one shows the men in a tram car willingly sharing their space with a young lady, whereas a portly matron, loaded with parcels, is left swinging by the handle till she makes space for herself. Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Producer: N/A. Year: 1903. Length: 00:01:07. Audio: Silent. Color: Black & White
  5. 5. The Gay Shoe Clerk
    01 January 2004
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    The Gay Shoe Clerk. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  6. 6. What Happened in the Tunnel
    01 January 2004
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    What Happened in the Tunnel. Here is another humorous clip showing how the flirtatious advances of a persistent male are mischievously warded off by the clever lady. The tunnel, through which the train passes provides a perfect setting for the finale. Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Producer: N/A. Year: 1903. Length: 00:01:02. Audio: Silent. Color: Black & White
  7. 7. Fireboat -New Yorker- Answering an Alarm
    01 January 2004
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    Fireboat -New Yorker- Answering an Alarm.A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  8. 8. The Extra Turn
    01 January 2004
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    The Extra Turn. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  9. 9. The Messenger Boy's Mistake
    01 January 2004
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    The Messenger Boy's Mistake. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  10. 10. The Great Train Robbery Part-1
    01 January 2004
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    The Great Train Robbery Part-1. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  11. 11. The Great Train Robbery Part-2
    01 January 2004
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    The Great Train Robbery Part-2. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  12. 12. The Great Train Robbery Part-3
    01 January 2004
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    The Great Train Robbery Part-3. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  13. 13. Rube and Mandy at Coney Island Part-1
    01 January 2004
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    Rube and Mandy at Coney Island Part-1. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  14. 14. Rube and Mandy at Coney Island Part-2
    01 January 2004
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    Rube and Mandy at Coney Island Part-2. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  15. 15. Rube and Mandy at Coney Island Part-3
    01 January 2004
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    Rube and Mandy at Coney Island Part-3. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  16. 16. The Life of a City- Early Films of New York, 1897-1906
    01 January 2004
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    The Life of a City- Early Films of New York, 1897-1906. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  17. 17. Skyscraper of New York City, from the North River
    01 January 2004
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    Skyscraper of New York City, from the North River. Filmed in 1903 by T.A. Edison, Inc. this is a historic documentary showing the skyline of New York more than a century ago. It is as is one was sailing on a barrage passing the various piers and docks by where brisk business must have been done in this bustling city. Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Producer: N/A. Year: 1903. Length: 00:03:25
  18. 18. Panorama of Blackwell's Island, N.Y.
    01 January 2004
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    Panorama of Blackwell's Island, N.Y. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  19. 19. Emigrants (i.e. immigrants) landing at Ellis Island-
    01 January 2004
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    Emigrants (i.e. immigrants) landing at Ellis Island. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  20. 20. New York City -ghetto- fish market
    01 January 2004
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    New York City -ghetto- fish market. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  21. 21. Move On
    01 January 2004
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    Move On. Policemen and their ways of policing have not changed much over the years;they are still seen constantly telling people and street vendors to "Move on" to make way for vehicular traffic. Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Producer: N/A. Year: 1903. Length: 00:01:45. Audio: Silent. Color: Black & White
  22. 22. New York City dumping wharf
    01 January 2004
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    New York City dumping wharf. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  23. 23. Sorting refuse at incinerating plant, New York City
    01 January 2004
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    Sorting refuse at incinerating plant, New York City. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  24. 24. Panorama of Riker's Island, N.Y-
    01 January 2004
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    Panorama of Riker's Island, N.Y. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  25. 25. Opening of New East River Bridge, New York
    01 January 2004
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    Opening of New East River Bridge, New York. This is an interesting and historic clip showing the city elders of New York City in their Top Hats, walking across the new East River Bridgefor the formal inauguration of the bridge which we now cross without a thought. Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Producer: N/A. Year: 1903. Length: 00:03:31. Audio: Silent. Color: Black & White
  26. 26. White Wings on review
    01 January 2004
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    White Wings on review. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  27. 27. New York Harbor Police boat Patrol capturing pirates
    01 January 2004
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    New York Harbor Police boat Patrol capturing pirates. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  28. 28. Fireboat 'New Yorker' in action [excerpts]
    01 January 2004
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    Fireboat 'New Yorker' in action [excerpts]. Amazing footage, filmed by T.A. Edison Inc. of the fireboat "New Yorker" in action. It must have been the pride of the firefighters of New York City back then. Huge jets of water are thrown into the air by the boat, giving it a fountain-like effect, to quench the fires on board any ship requiring their help. Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
  29. 29. San Francisco Chinese funeral
    01 January 2004
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    San Francisco Chinese funeral. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  30. 30. The American Variety Stage- Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment. 1870-1920
    01 January 2004
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    The American Variety Stage- Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment. 1870-1920. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  31. 31. Japanese Acrobats
    01 January 2004
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    Japanese Acrobats. Highly entertaining, this clip shows the amazing flexibility of limb and body, of two young Japanese acrobats who perform great feats with confidence and precision. Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Producer: N/A. Year: 1904. Length: 00:01:46. Audio: Silent. Color: Black & White
  32. 32. Dog Factory Part-1
    01 January 2004
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    Dog Factory Part-1. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  33. 33. Dog Factory Part-2
    01 January 2004
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    Dog Factory Part-2. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  34. 34. Buster Brown series Part-1
    01 January 2004
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    Buster Brown series Part-1. Buster is a smart kid and his dog is even smarter, and together they are upto tricks. In the end they are successful and share the fruits of their exploits. Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Producer: Edwin S. Porter. Year: 1904. Length: 00:03:45. Audio: Silent. Color: Black & White
  35. 35. Buster Brown series Part-2
    01 January 2004
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    Buster Brown series Part-2. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  36. 36. Buster Brown series Part-3
    01 January 2004
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    Buster Brown series Part-3. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  37. 37. Buster Brown series Part-4
    01 January 2004
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    Buster Brown series Part-4. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  38. 38. Buster Brown series Part-5
    01 January 2004
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    Buster Brown series Part-5. This action packed clip shows how a young boy, Buster, took revenge on a tramp who let him down. Buster's entire family, including his dog, joined in to teach the tramp a lesson of a lifetime. Sponsor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Producer: Edwin S. Porter. Year: 1904. Length: 00:04:53. Audio: Silent. Color: Black & White
  39. 39. European rest cure Part-1
    01 January 2004
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    European rest cure Part-1. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  40. 40. European rest cure Part-2
    01 January 2004
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    European rest cure Part-2. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  41. 41. European rest cure Part-3
    01 January 2004
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    European rest cure Part-3. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  42. 42. European rest cure Part-4
    01 January 2004
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    European rest cure Part-4. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  43. 43. European rest cure Part-5
    01 January 2004
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    European rest cure Part-5. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  44. 44. How a French nobleman got a wife through the New York Herald personal columns Part-1
    01 January 2004
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    How a French nobleman got a wife through the New York Herald personal columns Part-1. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  45. 45. How a French nobleman got a wife through the New York Herald personal columns Part-2
    01 January 2004
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    How a French nobleman got a wife through the New York Herald personal columns Part-2. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  46. 46. How a French nobleman got a wife through the New York Herald personal columns Part-3
    01 January 2004
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    How a French nobleman got a wife through the New York Herald personal columns Part-3. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  47. 47. Maniac Chase Part-1
    01 January 2004
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    Maniac Chase Part-1. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  48. 48. Maniac Chase Part-2
    01 January 2004
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    Maniac Chase Part-2. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  49. 49. Rube Couple at County Fair Part-1
    01 January 2004
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    Rube Couple at County Fair Part-1. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.
  50. 50. Rube Couple at County Fair Part-2
    01 January 2004
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    Rube Couple at County Fair Part-2. A short film produced by Thomas Alva Edison reflecting the stage at which cinematographic technology was back in the early 20th Century.

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Thomas A. Edison, Inc. (1903-1904)Edwin S. Porter (1904)
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