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Cripple Creek Bar-Room Scene
Also known as [Cripple Creek Bar Room]
(1899) American
B&W : 50 feet
Directed by James White

Cast: (unknown)

Edison Manufacturing Company production; distributed by Edison Manufacturing Company. / © 22 April 1899 by Thomas A. Edison. [?] Kinetoscope 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format or Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format? / Presumed to be the first motion picture set in the American Old West. The film was produced in the Edison Black Maria studio in West Orange, New Jersey, in [?] March to mid-April? 1899. Musser control number 680.

Drama: Western.

Synopsis: [Edison Films, March 1900, page 35] Shows tap room of the “Miner’s Arms,” stout lady at bar, and three men playing stud horse. Old toper with a silk hat asleep by the stove. Rough miner enters, bar maid serves him with Red Eye Whisky and he proceeds to clean out the place. Barmaid takes a hand with a siphon of vichy, and bounces the intruder; with the help of the card players, who line up before the bar and take copious drinks on the house.

Survival status: Print exists in the Library of Congress film archive (paper print collection) [35mm paper positive].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Alcohol - Bars - Gambling: Card: Poker - Games: Card: Poker - Miners

Listing updated: 29 March 2010.

References: Blum-Silent p. 8; Bohn-Light pp. xvii, 19; Everson-American pp. 86a, 238, 367; Fell-History p. 90; Musser-Edison p. 497.

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