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Rip’s Twenty Years’ Sleep
(189?) American
B&W : Short film
Directed by (unknown)

Cast: Joseph Jefferson [Rip Van Winkle], [?] ? [the leader of the dwarves], [?] ? [a second dwarf], [?] ? [a third dwarf], [?] ? [a fourth dwarf].

American Mutoscope Company production; distributed by American Mutoscope Company. / © 29 December 1902 by American Mutoscope & Biograph Company. Mutoscope 68mm spherical 1.36:1 format. / [?] Ramsaye-Million p. 216 implies that the films in the Rip Van Winkle series were taken late in 1895. The film was intended for Mutoscope viewing. The Joseph Jefferson Mutoscope films were assembled into a continuous narrative and rereleased in the USA by American Mutoscope & Biograph Company in 1903. Preceeded by Rip’s Toast to Hudson and Crew (189?); followed by Awakening of Rip (189?).

Drama: Fantasy.

Synopsis: Rip Van Winkle and four dwarves are in the woods, when Rip falls down to the ground. Rip props himself up to make a last appeal for help from the world, and the dwarves disappear from sight. Rip falls asleep. (At the end of the shot, two of the dwarf actors stand up and one removes his hat.)

Survival status: Print exists in the Library of Congress film archive (paper print collection).

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Listing updated: 8 February 2011.

References: Film viewing : Ramsaye-Million p. 216; Robinson-Palace pp. 64, 123.

 
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