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Smith, James Blair

Overview
Works: 39 works in 59 publications in 2 languages and 1,852 library holdings
Genres: Short films  Silent films  Documentary films  History  Nonfiction films  Western films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Actualities (Motion pictures)  Interviews 
Roles: Attributed name, Director, Author
Classifications: PN1993.5.A1, 791.430973
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Most widely held works about James Blair Smith
 
Most widely held works by James Blair Smith
Edison the invention of the movies by Thomas A Edison( Visual )

3 editions published between 1918 and 2005 in English and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two hours of interviews with archivists and early cinema scholars. Over two hundred scans of artifacts from MoMA's Edison Collection never available to the public before: stills, script fragments, interoffice memos, and promotions. 140 complete films
New York Harbor Police boat Patrol capturing pirates( Visual )

4 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This was probably filmed in the southern part of the Upper New York Bay looking towards the Narrows, with Fort Lafayette partly visible in the far background. The subject is a simulated capture by the police gunboat "Patrol" of three "pirates" in a rowboat. Puffs of smoke appear as the gunboat fires several rounds from the bow cannon, which can be clearly seen later in a side view of the boat. The "Patrol" was a steel, twin screw, 135 foot, 118 ton police boat, built in 1893 at Sparrow's Point, Maryland
[Fireboat "New Yorker" in action--excerpts]( Visual )

3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: FIREBOAT "NEW YORKER" IN ACTION. A magnificent picture of this boat making a run and starting the water from at least a dozen nozzles at one time. In the middle of the picture the boat is seen throwing at least twenty streams, so enveloping itself in mist that it is almost entirely obscured
New York City dumping wharf( Visual )

3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film shows a wharf where a barge is being loaded with trash from two-wheeled, horse-drawn wagons. The trash is dumped off the edge of the pier onto the barge, where men with shovels are spreading the piles of debris. The camera pans left to the next barge, where four-wheeled carts are shown dumping excavation rubble. Probably filmed on the East River, this is one of several New York City Sanitation Department dumping wharves in operation at the time
New York City "ghetto" fish market( Visual )

3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: NEW YORK GHETTO FISH-MARKET. A fine panoramic view of this busy market on a Friday morning. Immense throngs of people are seen passing along the stands and making their selections of fish. A great character study
Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River( Visual )

3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: SKY-SCRAPERS OF NEW YORK CITY, FROM THE NORTH RIVER. A Beautiful panoramic view of lower New York from Barclay Street to Battery Park, showing a beautiful stereoscopic effect of the sky-scrapers in the business section of the city. Old Castle Garden, at which place hundreds of thousands of emigrants have landed from time to time, but now used as an Aquarium, is also seen in the picture. One of the finest panoramic pictures of New York ever taken
White Wings on review( Visual )

3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed on an unidentified street in New York City, probably Fifth Avenue. Rows of men wearing the white uniforms of New York City street sweepers (known as White Wings) march by the camera. Each row has a police escort. The parade of uniformed men continues until several hundred pass. Immediately following the marching men come approximately a hundred horse-drawn two-wheel carts of the kind used for hauling garbage. One four wheeled cart is seen near the end of the film. In 1895, under the reform administration of Mayor William L. Strong, New York City's Department of Street Cleaning was headed by Colonel George Waring. It was he who garbed his workers in the white duck suits (earning them the name "White Wings") seen in the film. He is also recognized as a brilliant sanitary engineer who marshalled the two thousand man force to clean four hundred and fifty miles of streets each day. According to Jacob Riis, "his broom saved more lives in the crowded tenements than a squad of doctors." By 1903, the date of the filming, a new city administration was in power and Waring had been replaced
Opening of new East River bridge, New York( Visual )

3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first view is from the roadway of the Williamsburg are seen. From another camera position, taken over the heads of the crowd, buildings around the waterfront are seen, and the dignitaries, led by a standard bearer again pass the camera. The banner reads "MAYOR." Next, a covered platform, draped in flag bunting is shown, where the people previously seen have gone to begin the ceremonies. There is a brass band playing in front of the platform]. Next, an unidentified speaker, probably Mayor Seth Low, can be seen addressing the crowd
Pan-American expo( Visual )

1 edition published in 1901 and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The film begins with a slow pan over the tower building of the exposition, which was lighted by electric lights. The pan goes from a daylight shot of the grounds to what appears to be a special effects situation involving back lighting of the scene
The burning of Durland's Riding Academy( Visual )

1 edition published in 1901 and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The movies begin. a treasury of early cinema, 1894-1913( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comprend 42 films produits entre 1894 et 1910 par différents producteurs tels: William Heise, W.K.L. Dickson, James White, Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière, Alexandre Promio, Georges Méliès, Thomas Edison, Joseph Mundviller, A.E. Weed, Fred A. Dobson, G.W. Bitzer, Robert K. Bonine, James Blair Smith, Edwin S. Porter, Sigmund Lubin et Charles Pathé, chez différentes maisons de production dont: The Edison Manufacturing Company, The American Mutoscope & Biograph Company et chez Pathé Frères
The great train robbery and other primary works by Edwin S Porter( Visual )

4 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scene 4 -- The Fight on the Tender. This thrilling scene was taken from the mail car showing the tender and interior of locomotive cab, while the train is running forty miles an hour. While some of the bandits are robbing the mail car, two others are seen climbing over the tender. One of them holds up the engineer, and the other covers the fireman. The latter secures a coal shovel and climbs up on the tender, where a desperate fight takes place with the outlaw. They struggle fiercely all over the tank, having several narrow escapes from being hurled over the side of the tender. Finally they fall, with the robber on top. He grabs a lump of coal, and strikes the fireman on the head, rendering him senseless. He then hurls the body from the swiftly moving train. The bandits then compel the engineer to bring the train to a stop. Scene 5 -- The Train Uncoupled. Shows the train coming to a stop. With the robbers' pistols close to his head, the engineer leaves the locomotive, uncouples it from the train, and pulls ahead about one hundred feet. Scene 6 -- Exterior of Passenger Coaches. The bandits compel the passengers to leave coaches with hands aloft, and line up along the tracks. One of the robbers covers them with large pistols in either hand, while the others ransack the travelers' pockets. A passenger makes an attempt to escape, but is instantly shot down. After securing everything of value, the band terrorize the passengers by firing their revolvers in the air, and then make safe their escape on the locomotive. Scene 7 -- The Escape. The desperadoes board the locomotive with their booty, command the engineer to start his machine, and disappear in the distance. Scene 8 -- Off to the Mountains. The robbers bring the engine to a stop several miles from the scene of the "Hold Up," and take to the mountains. [end of part 2]
Der groe Eisenbahnraub die Geschichte des Wilden Westerns( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

De eerste western van de filmgeschiedenis: een groep cowboy bandieten houden een trein aan en beroven de passagiers. Ze worden daarna achtervolgd door een groep mannen onder leiding van een sheriff
New York City dumping wharf( Visual )

1 edition published in 1903 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The film shows a wharf where a barge is being loaded with trash from two-wheeled, horse-drawn wagons. The trash is dumped off the edge of the pier onto the barge, where men with shovels are spreading the piles of debris. The camera pans left to the next barge, where four-wheeled carts are shown dumping excavation rubble. Probably filmed on the East River, this is one of several New York City Sanitation Department dumping wharves in operation at the time
Working with a mental illness( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Sharing our success stories" is a 14-part DVD series intended to help educate mental health consumers and professionals, bringing awareness to a variety of topics. In each segment, individuals discuss their individual success story. In this segment, seven mental health consumers describe their experiences going back to work after managing their illness, and what challenges they faced
White Wings on review( Visual )

1 edition published in 1903 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: WHITE WINGS ON REVIEW. A fine picture of the celebrated "White Wings" or street- cleaning department of one district of Greater New York, showing over 350 men in line, and over 100 carts that are used to carry the refuse away to the dumping wharf, marching through the streets of New York. Code word Urachness. Length 225 feet. Class B. $27.00
Sky scrapers of New York City, from the North River( Visual )

1 edition published in 1903 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"A beautiful panoramic view of lower New York from Barclay Street to Battery Park, showing a beautiful stereoscopic effect of the sky-scrapers in the business section of the city. Old Castle Garden, at which place hundreds of thousands of emigrants have landed from time to time, but now used as an Aquarium, is also seen in the picture. One of the finest panoramic pictures of New York ever taken"--Edison films catalog
"Reliance" and "Shamrock III" jockeying and starting in first race( Visual )

1 edition published in 1903 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"The opening scene shows the area designated for turning in the America's Cup Races. Two large sailingyachts approach the turning buoy and make their turn. They pass close to the boat carrying the camera. The crew of one of the yachts is clearly visible"--Early motion pictures
Education( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Sharing our success stories" is a 14-part DVD series intended to help educate mental health consumers and professionals, bringing awareness to a variety of topics. In each segment, individuals discuss their individual success story. In this segment, four adults from the mental health community share their experiences dealing with their illness while attending school
Opening of new East River bridge, New York( Visual )

1 edition published in 1903 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The first view is from the roadway of the Williamsburg Bridge on the day of the opening. Close-ups of the parading dignitaries and members of the press [Frame: 0345] are seen. From another camera position, taken over the heads of the crowd, buildings around the waterfront are seen, and the dignitaries, led by a standard bearer again pass the camera. The banner reads "MAYOR." Next, a covered platform, draped in flag bunting is shown, where the people previously seen have gone to begin the ceremonies. There is a brass band playing in front of the platform [4910]. Next, an unidentified speaker, probably Mayor Seth Low, can be seen addressing the crowd
 
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Alternative Names
Smith, Blair

Smith, J. B.

Smith, J. B. (James Blair)

Smith, J. Blair

Smith, J. Blair (James Blair)

Smith, Jacob Blair

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English (38)

German (1)