Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show


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Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show
Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 27Jan1902; H13364.
Duration: 1:57 at 16 fps.
Camera: Edwin S. Porter.
Cast: Charles "Daddy" Manley (Uncle Josh).

From Edison Films catalog, no. 135, Sept. 1902: "Here we present a side-splitter. Uncle Josh occupies a box at a vaudeville theatre, and a moving picture show is going on. First there appears upon the screen a dancer. Uncle Josh jumps to the stage and endeavors to make love to her, but she flits away, and immediately there appears upon the screen the picture of an express train running at sixty miles an hour. Uncle Josh here becomes panic stricken and fearing to be struck by the train, makes a dash for his box. He is no sooner seated than a country couple appear upon the screen at a well. Before they pump the pail full of water they indulge in a love- making scene. Uncle Josh evidently thinks he recognizes his own daughter, and jumping again upon the stage he removes his coat and prepares to chastise the lover, and grabbing the moving picture screen he hauls it down, and to his great surprise finds a kinetoscope operator in the rear. The operator is made furious by Uncle Josh interrupting his show, and grappling with him they roll over and over upon the stage in an exciting encounter." (p. 81-82)

This filming of the old gag of a country rube confusing projected movies with real life was possibly a remake of an earlier film by Robert Paul, The Countryman's First Sight of the Animated Pictures, which substituted Edison scenes for the films-within-a-film, including Parisian Dance (copyrighted 15Jan1897) and Black Diamond Express (copyrighted 27Apr1897).


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