Movies: Popular Movies of 1894

Movies in chronological context: 1894 (MDCCCXCIV)was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar, the 1894th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 894th year of the 2nd millennium, the 94th year of the 19th century, and the 5th year of the 1890s decade. As of the start of 1894, the Gregorian calendar was 12 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923. ()

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Dickson Experimental Sound Film(1894)

3.2/5 (with 17 votes)

William K.L. Dickson plays the violin while two men dance. This is the oldest surviving sound film where sound is recorded on the phonograph.


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

The first woman to appear in front of an Edison motion picture camera and possibly the first woman to appear in a motion picture within the United States. In the film, Carmencita is recorded going through a routine she had been performing at Koster & Bial's in New York since February 1890.

Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze(1894)

2.4/5 (with 11 votes)

A man (Thomas Edison's assistant) takes a pinch of snuff and sneezes. This is one of the earliest Thomas Edison films and was the first motion picture to be copyrighted in the United States.

Annabelle Butterfly Dance(1894)

2.7/5 (with 8 votes)

Annabelle (Whitford) Moore performs one of her popular dances. For this performance, her costume has a pair of wings attached to her back, to suggest a butterfly. As she dances, she uses her long, flowing skirts to create visual patterns.

Directed by William Kennedy Dickson - With Annabelle Moore

Autour d'une Cabine(1894)

2min | Animation
3.0/5 (with 7 votes)

The film consists of a series of animations on a beach containing two beach huts and a diving board. Two characters play at diving into the water from the diving board and then appear on the beach. The woman begins to play with a small dog and is then joined by a gentleman. The two play around on the beach before getting changed into bathing costumes and going into the water. They bob up and down in the water before swimming out of the scene. Once the couple have gone a man sails out in a boat.

Souvenir Strip of the Edison Kinetoscope(1894)

2.5/5 (with 7 votes)

Eugen Sandow, who claims to be the strongest man in the world, appears in the Edison Company's film studio.

Buffalo Dance(1894)

2.1/5 (with 6 votes)

Long before Hollywood started painting white men red and dressing them as 'Injuns' Edison's company was using the genuine article! Featuring for what is believed to be the Native Americans first appearance before a motion picture camera 'Buffalo Dance' features genuine members of the Sioux Tribe dressed in full war paint and costume! The dancers are believed to be veteran members of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Filmed again at the Black Maria studios by both Dickson and Heise the 'Buffalo Dance' warriors were named as Hair Coat, Parts His Hair and Last Horse. Its quite strange seeing these movies at first they all stand around waiting to begin and as they start some of the dancers look at the camera in an almost sad way at having lost their way of life.

The Barbershop(1894)

2.6/5 (with 6 votes)

“Interior of Barber Shop. Man comes in, takes off his coat; sits down, smokes; is handed a paper by attendant, who points out a joke; both laugh. Meantime the man in the chair is shaved and has his hair cut. Very funny.” (Edison's Latest Wonders, 1894)

Sioux Ghost Dance(1894)

2.3/5 (with 5 votes)

From Edison films catalog: One of the most peculiar customs of the Sioux Tribe is here shown, the dancers being genuine Sioux Indians, in full war paint and war costumes. 40 feet. 7.50. According to Edison film historian C. Musser, this film and others shot on the same day (see also Buffalo dance) featured Native American Indian dancers from Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, and represent the American Indian's first appearance before a motion picture camera.

Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph(1894)

2.2/5 (with 5 votes)

James J. Corbett and Peter Courtney meet in a boxing exhibition.

Directed by William Kennedy Dickson, William Heise - With James J. Corbett, Peter Courtney

The Boxing Cats (Prof. Welton's)(1894)

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

"A glove contest between trained cats. A very comical and amusing subject, and is sure to create a great laugh." (by Edison Films)

Luis Martinetti, Contortionist(1894)

2.7/5 (with 5 votes)

Luis Martinetti, a contortionist suspended from acrobatic flying rings, contorts himself for about thirty seconds. This is one of the first films made for Edison's kinetoscopes.

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Caicedo (with Pole)(1894)

2.7/5 (with 5 votes)

King of the slack wire. His daring feats of balancing as he performs his thrilling feats in midair show that he is perfectly at home.

Glenroy Brothers (Comic Boxing)(1894)

2.2/5 (with 4 votes)

The Glenroy Brothers perform a portion of their vaudeville act, "The Comic View of Boxing: The Tramp & the Athlete", which depicts a boxer with a classic style trying to contend with an opponent who uses a very unorthodox approach.

Imperial Japanese Dance(1894)

1.7/5 (with 4 votes)

A charming representation of the Mikado dance by three beautiful Japanese ladies in full costume. Very effective when colored.

Leonard-Cushing Fight(1894)

2.7/5 (with 4 votes)

In the background, five fans lean on the ropes looking into the ring. The referee is to the left; like the fans, he hardly moves as two fighters swing roundhouse blows at each other. Mike Leonard, in white trunks, is the aggressor; in black, Jack Cushing stands near the edge of the ring, warily pawing the air as Leonard comes at him. A couple of punches land, but the fighters maintain their upright postures.

Bucking Broncho(1894)

1.7/5 (with 4 votes)

Lee Martin, one of the cowboy stars in 'Buffalo Bill's Wild West', rides a bronco as a crowd looks on. While the horse is trying to throw Martin off its back, another cowboy stands on top of a fence rail and occasionally fires his six-shooter, to spur on both horse and rider.

Directed by William Kennedy Dickson, William Heise

Glenroy Bros., No. 2(1894)

1min | Comedy
2.5/5 (with 4 votes)

The Glenroy Brothers perform a portion of their vaudeville act, "The Comic View of Boxing: The Tramp & the Athlete".

Directed by William Kennedy Dickson, William Heise

Fire Rescue Scene(1894)

2.4/5 (with 4 votes)

"Firemen in working uniform, rubber coats, helmets, and boots. Thrilling rescue from burning building. Smoke effects are fine." - from the Edison Catalog.

The Hornbacker-Murphy Fight(1894)

2.3/5 (with 4 votes)

A referee and five fans (including a waiter in his apron) look on as two young men box. The dark-haired, slightly taller boxer throws a right and the light-haired smaller one goes down; but he's up before the referee starts counting. After the knockdown, the boxers mostly hit each other's gloves. The fans, at least one of whom is sitting inside the ring, show no animation. They're all men, dressed in a range of late 19th-century garb.

Athlete with Wand(1894)

1.6/5 (with 4 votes)

An athlete demonstrating various poses.

The Pickaninny Dance from the “Passing Show”(1894)

2.3/5 (with 3 votes)

“A scene representing Southern plantation life before the war. A jig and a breakdown by three colored boys.”.

Band Drill(1894)

1min | Comedy
1.5/5 (with 3 votes)

A scene from Charles Hoyt's 'A Milk White Flag': A brass band marches out, led by bandmaster Steele Ayers. When Ayers reaches his position, he turns around and directs the musicians as they take up their own positions.

Directed by William Kennedy Dickson, William Heise

Hadj Cheriff(1894)

2.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Hadji Cheriff, a performer known for a variety of unusual abilities, demonstrates part of his act in the Thomas Edison studio. He has a large knife in his hand at the opening of the act. He then hurls the knife away and begins a rapid series of dance-like motions, executing numerous cartwheels and whirling movements.

Chinese Laundry Scene(1894)

1min | Crime, Comedy
1.9/5 (with 2 votes)

The pursuit of Hop Lee by an irate policeman.

Directed by William Kennedy Dickson, William Heise

Annabelle Sun Dance(1894)

2.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Annabelle Dances in William K.L. Dickson's 1894 short film.

Directed by William Kennedy Dickson - With Annabelle Moore

Chinese Opium Den(1894)

1.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Lost film from 1894, directed by William K.L. Dickson.


2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A lively, eccentric dance by Frank Lawton, Etta Williamson and Rosa France of Charles Hoyt's "Milk White Flag". Atttractive costumes.

Directed by William Kennedy Dickson - With Frank Lawton

Rat Killing(1894)

1.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Edison short.

Buffalo Bill(1894)

0.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The famous army scout in an exhibition of rifle shooting. A fine picture of the principal, and beautiful smoke effects.

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