The Automatic Motorist 1911

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The Automatic Motorist is a 1911 British short silent comedy film, directed by Walter R. Booth, featuring a robot chauffeur taking an inventor and a young honeymooning couple on a wild ride around the planets and under the sea. Wikipedia

Director: Walter R. Booth

Production Company Kineto

 

Released online as part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season, ‘Automatic Motorist’ is free to watch, like 60% of content on the BFI Player site. Other highlights include The Airship Destroyer from 1909 and this brilliant film about a futuristic, monorail-strewn London from 1924.

 

 

 

 

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The Pride Of Pikeville 1927

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In Pikeville, the on again off again engagement between Ruth Hawkins and Walter Yates is off again after Ruth calls it off because of him laughing at her singing voice, which she believes is beautiful. She sees a photo of Baron Bonamo, international ladies man, in a magazine, he who travels the world on his brand of horseback making a name for men everywhere. To make Walter jealous, she writes herself a letter signed by Bonamo, stating that he is in love with her because of her singing voice. Meanwhile, Pearl Pepper, a plain Jane of a woman who is also from Pikeville, runs across Baron Bonamo in her travels and falls under his spell, although he has no interest in her. Pearl’s roughneck father, Colonel Pepper who is traveling with her, believes there is impropriety between Bonamo and his daughter for which he will not stand – they get married or else. When they collectively arrive in Pikeville, complications ensue with now two women who are so-called in Bonamo’s life, one he doesn’t…
Director: Alfred J. Goulding (as Alf Goulding)

Production Co: Mack Sennett Comedies
Writers: Randall Faye (story), Al Giebler (titles) (as A.H. Giebler)
Stars: Ben Turpin, Thelma Hill, Andy Clyde

A Millionaire for a Minute 1915

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Gale, the Village Schoolmarm, wants to marry Ezekial Brown, but her Uncle objects to the match.

A Rare film issued by The Universal Film Manufacturing Company in 1915. Not many of these films survive in any format. It is posted here for your enjoyment
Director: Allen Curtis

Production Co: Universal Film Manufacturing Company
Writer: James Dayton (scenario)
Stars: Gale Henry, Max Asher, Billy Franey

Rip Van Winkle 1896

 

The first film adaptation of Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle”, a short story about a man who awakes after a 20 year long sleep to a huge white beard on his face and a much changed world. In this footage, Joseph Jefferson, the actor most associated with the character on the 19th century stage, makes a series of short films recreating scenes from his stage adaptation.

This film is important in that it captures the work of Joseph Jefferson III, a significant comic in the American stage of the 19th century. Rip Van Winkle is the role most associated with him; he debuted it in 1859 in Washington and played it for 40 years.
He was also a teacher to actor James O’Neill, the father of playwright Eugene O’Neill.

Director W.K.L. Dickson

Production – American Mutoscope Co

starring Joseph Jefferson.

What Happened in the Tunnel 1903

 

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This is a short comedy from Edison that exploits racial stereotypes as well as gender relations but isn’t likely to offend modern viewers.

A woman riding a train must contend with the unwelcome advances of a male passenger.
Director: Edwin S. Porter

STUDIO – Edison Manufacturing Company
Stars: Gilbert M. ‘Broncho Billy’ Anderson, Bertha Regustus

The Rodeo 1929

 

The film begins with a family at home having a meal. The biggest laugh involved some candles being substituted for asparagus and the hilarity that resulted when the people and dog at them. Later, the decide to go to the rodeo but 1001 problems occur on the way there in the car.

Director: Alfred J. Goulding (as Alf Goulding)

Produced by Mack Sennett
Writers: Carl Harbaugh (scenario), Jefferson Moffitt (scenario)
Stars: Raymond McKee, Ruth Hiatt, Mary Ann Jackson

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http://www.blackandwhitemovies.org/the-rodeo-1929.html

Love, Oil and Grease 1914

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Ham and Bud, working as mechanics, wreak havoc at a new car dealership, almost wrecking a big sale.
Director: Marshall Neilan

Production Co: Kalem Company
Writer: Marshall Neilan (story)
Stars: Lloyd Hamilton, Bud Duncan, Marshall Neilan