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The One-Man Band(1900)

2min | Comedy, Fantasy
3.4/5 (with 38 votes)

A band-leader has arranged seven chairs for the members of his band. When he sits down in the first chair, a cymbal player appears in the same chair, then rises and sits in the next chair. As the cymbal player sits down, a drummer appears in the second chair, and then likewise moves on to the third chair. In this way, an entire band is soon formed, and is then ready to perform.

The Big Swallow(1901)

1min | Comedy
3.2/5 (with 39 votes)

A man, objecting to being filmed, comes closer and closer to the camera lens until his mouth is all we see. Then he opens wide and swallows camera and cinematographer. He steps back, chews, and grins.

Directed by James Williamson

Dream of a Rarebit Fiend(1906)

6min | Fantasy, Comedy
3.2/5 (with 24 votes)

Adapted from Winsor McCay's films and comics of the period, this film follows the established theme: the “Rarebit Fiend” gorges himself on rarebit and thus suffers spectacular hallucinatory dreams.

The Enchanted Drawing(1900)

3.4/5 (with 25 votes)

A cartoonist defies reality when he draws objects that become three-dimensional after he lifts them off his sketch pad.

Humorous Phases of Funny Faces(1906)

3.0/5 (with 18 votes)

A cartoonist draws faces and figures on a blackboard - and they come to life.

Those Awful Hats(1909)

2min | Comedy
3.1/5 (with 16 votes)

A pair of young ladies cause trouble at the cinema with their lavish hats.

What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City(1901)

2.8/5 (with 21 votes)

A street level view from the sidewalk, looking along the length of 23rd Street. Following actuality footage of pedestrians and street traffic, the actors, a man in summer attire and a woman in an ankle-length dress, walk toward the camera.

The Sick Kitten(1903)

1min | Drama
2.8/5 (with 18 votes)

A simple scene of two rather flamboyantly-dressed Edwardian children attempting to feed a spoonful of medicine to a sick kitten. The film is important for being one of the earliest films to cut to a close-up, then back again to the same medium shot as before.

The Dancing Pig(1907)

4min | Comedy
3.0/5 (with 19 votes)

A pig dressed in fancy clothes flirts with a pretty girl, but she humiliates him and tears off his suit; she then makes him dance for her affections.

Explosion of a Motor Car(1900)

1min | Horror, Comedy
3.0/5 (with 15 votes)

An early trick film where a car explodes and parts keep falling out of the sky onto a bystander.

Directed by Cecil Hepworth - With Cecil Hepworth

Going to Bed Under Difficulties(1900)

2min | Comedy
3.2/5 (with 16 votes)

A man takes off his clothes in preparation for bed, only for new clothes to spontaneously generate, leading to comical consternation.

Directed by Georges Méliès

That Fatal Sneeze(1907)

2.8/5 (with 10 votes)

As an older man and a youth are eating at the table, the older man decides to amuse himself by using pepper to make the boy sneeze. Later, the boy retaliates by sneaking into the older man's room and putting pepper in his handkerchief, hairbrush, and clothing. But things quickly get out of hand when the sneezing that results begins to disrupt the whole town.

Directed by Lewin Fitzhamon
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Mary Jane's Mishap(1903)

4min | Comedy
3.0/5 (with 15 votes)

Mary Jane tries to light the oven. When she's unsuccessful, she plays around, getting black boot polish on her face. She mugs before a mirror. Then, it's back to work. When the stove still won't light, she pours in paraffin, winks at the camera, and lights a match. Kaboom! Is there any rest for the foolish, even in the grave?

The Prince of Magicians(1901)

2min | Fantasy, Comedy
3.0/5 (with 12 votes)

A magician does tricks with the aid of his assistant, the Human Pump.

Directed by Georges Méliès

Making It Pleasant for Him(1909)

5min | Comedy
5.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A comedy drama which clearly portrays the adventures of a country chap who falls into the hands of the servants of his city cousin, who has instructed them to make it pleasant for him.

Ben's Kid(1909)

11min | Drama, Western, Comedy
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Buck Minor was the most detested man in Wolf Hollow, partly because he was quarrelsome and treacherous, partly because he abused and neglected his little wife, Molly, whom all the camp adored, and for whose sake it tolerated Buck.

What Is Seen Through a Keyhole(1901)

2min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 8 votes)

As a janitor is cleaning a hotel, he decides to peek through the keyholes to observe some of the guests in their rooms. In room 8, a woman is busy making herself look more attractive, and the janitor enjoys watching her. There are also some interesting things going on in the other rooms on the floor.

Directed by Ferdinand Zecca

Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show(1902)

2min | Comedy
2.8/5 (with 16 votes)

Country rube thinks what he sees on the movie screen is real. He jumps out of his seat to try to stop a kissing scene.

The Doctor and the Monkey(1900)

1min | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 10 votes)

A monkey wreaks havoc on a doctor.

The Consequences of Feminism(1906)

7min | Comedy
3.2/5 (with 12 votes)

It's a society in which gender roles are switched. Will men stand to be unequal?

Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché

The Clubman and the Tramp(1908)

17min | Comedy

Mack Sennett appears as a dinner guest and a policeman in this film produced by the Biograph Company.

The Inn Where No Man Rests(1903)

5min | Fantasy, Comedy
2.9/5 (with 9 votes)

A traveller is shown to a room in an inn. After a brief dispute with the hostess and a porter, he is left to himself. But strange things begin to happen in his room, and before long he has created a disturbance that has everyone running to his room to find out what is going on.

Directed by Georges Méliès

As Seen Through a Telescope(1900)

1min | Comedy
2.8/5 (with 11 votes)

An elderly gentleman in a silk hat sits on a stool in front of a store on the main street of town. He has a telescope that he focuses on the ankle of a young woman.

The Curtain Pole(1909)

13min | Comedy
2.4/5 (with 3 votes)

An upper class drawing room. A gentleman breaks the curtain pole and goes in search of a replacement, but he stops into a pub first. He buys a very long pole, and causes havoc everywhere he passes, accumulating an ever-growing entourage chasing him, until he escapes them through a bit of movie magic, only to discover that the pole has already been replaced.

The Countryman and the Cinematograph(1901)

1min | Comedy
2.5/5 (with 13 votes)

A satire on the way that audiences unaccustomed to the cinema didn't know how to react to the moving images on a screen - in this film, an unsophisticated (and stereotypical) country yokel is alternately baffled and terrified, in the latter case by the apparent approach of a steam train.

Directed by Robert W. Paul

A Chess Dispute(1903)

1min
2.9/5 (with 12 votes)

A stationary camera looks on as two dapper gents play a game of chess. One drinks and smokes, and when he looks away, his opponent moves two pieces. A fight ensues, first with the squirting of a seltzer bottle, then with fisticuffs. The combatants wrestle each other to the floor and continue the fight out of the camera's view, hidden by the table. The waiter arrives to haul both of them out.

Directed by Robert W. Paul

Balked at the Altar(1908)

12min
1.7/5 (with 2 votes)

A woman who is filled with romantic ideas is making no secret of her eagerness to find a husband. Her father decides to help her by pressuring and threatening an eligible bachelor, who reluctantly allows wedding plans to be made.

Getting Even(1909)

6min | Comedy
2.2/5 (with 1 vote)

All the young men in the mining camp flirt with Lucy. Bud, the youngest of them, doesn't stand a chance. At a dance, Bud dresses as a woman and all the men flirt with him and abandon Lucy. When his disguise is revealed, the other men are too embarrassed to approach Lucy, and Bud dances the rest of the night with her.

Terrible Teddy, the Grizzly King(1901)

2.0/5 (with 8 votes)

Our presidential hunter runs across the landscape and falls down in the snow, gets up with his rifle, and gazes upward at a treed animal which isn't in the camera's view. He fires a shot into the tree, then leaps on the ground to grab the fallen prey, a domestic cat, finishing it off with wild blows of his hunting knife while his companions, a photographer and a press agent, record the event that will be reported far and wide as a manly moment. Teddy then rides out of the forest followed by two companions afoot, never mind that they all originally arrived afoot. Perhaps it was funnier in its day than it is now, but apparently shooting cats was regarded as funny in those days. The larger point was to use a minor whimsy as a political criticism, in this case of Teddy Roosevelt's easy manipulations of the press. It was based on two frames of a political cartoon that had appeared in the paper a mere week before the film was made.

The Little Darling(1909)

2min | Comedy
2.3/5 (with 3 votes)

This might be termed a comedy of errors, for the overzealousness of a lot of good-hearted simple folks places them in a rather embarrassing position. Lillie Green, who keeps a boarding house, receives a letter from her old school chum, Polly Brown, whom sin hasn't seen in years, to the effect that as Lillie has never seen her little darling daughter, she will send her for a few days' visit, asking that someone meet the child at the 3:40 train. Lillie's boarders are a bunch of kind-hearted bachelors, who at once prepare to give the "Little Darling" the time of her life, buying a load of toys, etc., for her amusement, also procuring a baby carriage with which to meet her at the train. You may imagine their embarrassment when they find that Tootsie, instead of being a baby, proves to be a handsome young lady of seventeen, whose tastes run rather to garden gates, shady lanes and quiet nooks, than toys. (Moving Picture World)

Directed by D. W. Griffith - With Mary Pickford, Charles Avery, Verner Clarges, John R. Cumpson, Robert Harron, Arthur V. Johnson, ...
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