The Slocum Disaster (1904)

June 1904

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
BIOB1
p. 128, 217
BPL
pp. 44-45
EMP
p. 302
LCMP
p. 56, column 2
LCPP
p. 272
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Release Date:
June 1904
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.
22 June 1904
H47443
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
348 , 350
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Biograph summary: This film, portraying some of the most impressive features of the awful steamship holocaust on the East River, New York, is doubtless the most sensational film in the market, and therefore the greatest drawing card, particularly for traveling shows playing small towns. The film shows first a sister ship of the same line crowded to the gunwales with a typical New York crowd. Then comes a series of views of the police and hospital attendants at North Brothers Island recovering and caring for the bodies of the dead. These scenes are very realistic without being greusome. Then follow short views at the morgue and at the church, and the film ends with a most extraordinary moving picture of two divers working under the water and recovering the body of a young woman. This scene is so remarkable that practically all of the New York papers have printed articles about it, wondering how such a feat in photography could be accomplished. The film is very sharp and clear ...

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Biograph summary: This film, portraying some of the most impressive features of the awful steamship holocaust on the East River, New York, is doubtless the most sensational film in the market, and therefore the greatest drawing card, particularly for traveling shows playing small towns. The film shows first a sister ship of the same line crowded to the gunwales with a typical New York crowd. Then comes a series of views of the police and hospital attendants at North Brothers Island recovering and caring for the bodies of the dead. These scenes are very realistic without being greusome. Then follow short views at the morgue and at the church, and the film ends with a most extraordinary moving picture of two divers working under the water and recovering the body of a young woman. This scene is so remarkable that practically all of the New York papers have printed articles about it, wondering how such a feat in photography could be accomplished. The film is very sharp and clear throughout.

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