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The U.S. Library of Congress catalog has the following description: “The picture opens in a dining room where a family is gathered; a boy in his early teens is taking photographs of those present, including the children and a bearded gentleman. Another scene is set in the kitchen where the cook is preparing food; a man in a policeman's uniform enters, sits down and takes the cook on his lap—the boy photographs them. Then there is a scene in the bedroom; that father is sleeping and the mother is going through the pockets of his trousers. This is followed by an office scene, with the boss kissing his secretary, and another scene where big sister and her beau are embracing. The finale shows the group gathered in the living room: the boy projects the pictures to the consternation of all. As the film ends, the father, furious, spanks the teen-age cameraman, and smashes the camera into small pieces with a hammer. Directed by Wallace McCutcheon.”
       This movie was filmed at American Mutoscope’s studio in New York City.
       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 Their Mutoscope, which originally made flip-card peep show movies, soon rivaled Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope (see Edison Kinetoscopic Records for 1893).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 ... More Less

The U.S. Library of Congress catalog has the following description: “The picture opens in a dining room where a family is gathered; a boy in his early teens is taking photographs of those present, including the children and a bearded gentleman. Another scene is set in the kitchen where the cook is preparing food; a man in a policeman's uniform enters, sits down and takes the cook on his lap—the boy photographs them. Then there is a scene in the bedroom; that father is sleeping and the mother is going through the pockets of his trousers. This is followed by an office scene, with the boss kissing his secretary, and another scene where big sister and her beau are embracing. The finale shows the group gathered in the living room: the boy projects the pictures to the consternation of all. As the film ends, the father, furious, spanks the teen-age cameraman, and smashes the camera into small pieces with a hammer. Directed by Wallace McCutcheon.”
       This movie was filmed at American Mutoscope’s studio in New York City.
       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

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
BIOB1
p. 336, 426.
BPL
pp. 96-97.
EMP
p. 33.
LCMP
p. 7, column 2.
LCPP
p. 15.
Moving Picture World
8 Feb 1908
p. 90ta, 102tr.
Moving Picture World
15 Feb 1908
p. 126tl.
The Daily Worker
p. 14.
Treasures from the Film Archives
p. 253.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT

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CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 February 1908
Copyright Claimant:
American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.
Copyright Date:
7 February 1908
Copyright Number:
H105983
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
518
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A young boy with a new Kodak camera manages to capture friends and members of his family on compromising positions, which he reveals during a film projection party. ... +


A young boy with a new Kodak camera manages to capture friends and members of his family on compromising positions, which he reveals during a film projection party. +

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