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The U.S. Library of Congress catalog gives the following description: “The first scene shows a gawky and giggly woman of marriageable age seated on a bench in front of a house reading a popular novel, Three Weeks. There is quite a traffic of eligible young men passing by and one in particular attracts her, but he leaves in a nervous condition. Her father goes down to the post office and inveigles him into coming home. The hero embraces the young woman and her father comes out of the house with a shotgun. The following scenes concern the preamble to the marriage, the church scene, the bridegroom jumping out of a church window, and the chase by the whole congregation. He is apprehended and returned to the church. The picture ends as the bride is now reluctant in her turn and leaves the assemblage. The final scene shows her giggling over her novel.”
       The American Mutoscope Company was co-founded in Dec 1895 by former Edison Manufacturing Company inventor William K. L. Dickson (who left Edison in Apr of that year), fellow inventors Herman Casler and Harry Marvin, and businessman Elias Koopman. Their Mutoscope, which originally made flip-card peep show movies, soon rivaled Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope (see Edison Kinetoscopic Records for 1893). In the summer of 1896, when Edison introduced the Vitascope 35mm projector, American Mutoscope immediately came out with its own 68mm projector that offered a superior image. In 1899, the company changed its name to the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, then shortened it nine years later to the Biograph ... More Less

The U.S. Library of Congress catalog gives the following description: “The first scene shows a gawky and giggly woman of marriageable age seated on a bench in front of a house reading a popular novel, Three Weeks. There is quite a traffic of eligible young men passing by and one in particular attracts her, but he leaves in a nervous condition. Her father goes down to the post office and inveigles him into coming home. The hero embraces the young woman and her father comes out of the house with a shotgun. The following scenes concern the preamble to the marriage, the church scene, the bridegroom jumping out of a church window, and the chase by the whole congregation. He is apprehended and returned to the church. The picture ends as the bride is now reluctant in her turn and leaves the assemblage. The final scene shows her giggling over her novel.”
       The American Mutoscope Company was co-founded in Dec 1895 by former Edison Manufacturing Company inventor William K. L. Dickson (who left Edison in Apr of that year), fellow inventors Herman Casler and Harry Marvin, and businessman Elias Koopman. Their Mutoscope, which originally made flip-card peep show movies, soon rivaled Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope (see Edison Kinetoscopic Records for 1893). In the summer of 1896, when Edison introduced the Vitascope 35mm projector, American Mutoscope immediately came out with its own 68mm projector that offered a superior image. In 1899, the company changed its name to the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, then shortened it nine years later to the Biograph Company. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
BIOB1
p. 379, 425.
BIOB2
p. 13.
BPL
pp. 104-105.
EMP
p. 21.
LCMP
p. 5, column 1.
LCPP
p. 12.
Moving Picture World
29 Aug 1908
p. 160ts, 166tl.
New York Clipper
29 Aug 1908
p. 708s, 718ta.
The Daily Worker
p. 23.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
25 August 1908
Copyright Claimant:
American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.
Copyright Date:
15 August 1908
Copyright Number:
H114598
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
703
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When a gawky young woman, giggling over a novel, is attracted to a young man passing by her house, her father convinces him to come home and meet her. As the young man embraces the young woman, the father confronts him with a shotgun and demands marriage. The hurried arrangements at the local church lead to the bridegroom jumping out of a window, being chased by the whole congregation, and dragged back to the church to complete his vows. The bride returns home and finishes reading her ... +


When a gawky young woman, giggling over a novel, is attracted to a young man passing by her house, her father convinces him to come home and meet her. As the young man embraces the young woman, the father confronts him with a shotgun and demands marriage. The hurried arrangements at the local church lead to the bridegroom jumping out of a window, being chased by the whole congregation, and dragged back to the church to complete his vows. The bride returns home and finishes reading her novel. +

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