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Smith, James Blair

Overview
Works: 41 works in 61 publications in 2 languages and 2,167 library holdings
Genres: Short films  Nonfiction films  Documentary films  Silent films  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Biographical films  Drama  Gangster films 
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 Alva Edison( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Commercial motion pictures were invented at the Edison Laboratory between 1888 and 1893. Perhaps none of the component parts were strictly new, but the ability of Edison and his staff to reorganize them for a specific purpose was an extraordinary cultural achievement. In 1894, Edison was the sole producer of motion pictures in the world. Many Edison films continue to be impressive as the company employed such accomplished early directors as John Collins and Alan Crosland
Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River( Visual )

4 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed from a moving boat, the film depicts the Hudson River (i.e., North River) shoreline and the piers of lower Manhattan beginning around Fulton Street and extending to Castle Garden and Battery Park. It begins at one of the American Line piers (Pier 14 or 15, opposite Fulton Street) where an American Line steamer, either the "New York" or "Paris," is seen docked. The camera passes one of the Manhattan-to-New Jersey commuter ferries to Jersey City or Communipaw. Proceeding south, the distinct double towers of the Park Row, or Syndicate Building, erected in 1897-98, can be seen in the background . A coastal freighter is next, then Trinity Church appears, to the left of which can be seen the Surety Building, as a tug with a "C" on the stack passes in foreground. Several small steamboats come into view, and the B.T. Babbitt Soap factory at Pier 6 is seen, followed by the Pennsylvania Railroad piers (#5 & #4), with a group of docked railroad car floats, and the Lehigh Valley Railroad piers (#3 & #2), also with car floats. Next are the Bowling Green Building (rectangular, with facade to camera), the Whitehall Building (vertical, thin side to camera), followed by Pennsylvania Railroad Pier #1. Pier A (with a clock tower) is seen with the New York Harbor Police steam boat "Patrol" at its end. The Bowling Green Offices and the Produce Exchange at Bowling Green are visible in the background. The breakwater (sheltered landing) and the New York City Fireboat House appears and the distinctive round structure, Castle Garden, once a fort and immigrant station, but at the time of filming the City Aquarium, comes into view. The camera then pans east along the Battery Park promenade: the Barge Office (with tower) is visible in the distance, and further out the Brooklyn shoreline with the grain elevators at Atlantic Avenue can be seen. This view is continued, with only a minor break in continuity, in the film Panorama of Sky Scrapers and Brooklyn Bridge From the East River. Together they comprise a sweep around the southern tip of Manhattan, from Fulton Street on the Hudson to the Brooklyn Bridge
New York Harbor Police boat Patrol capturing pirates( Visual )

3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 181 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
Opening of new East River bridge, New York( Visual )

3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 181 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
New York City dumping wharf( Visual )

3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 181 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
[Fireboat "New Yorker" in action--excerpts]( Visual )

3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 181 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
White Wings on review( Visual )

3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries 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
New York City "ghetto" fish market( Visual )

3 editions published in 1903 in English and held by 181 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
Pan-American expo( Visual )

1 edition published in 1901 and held by 66 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 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edison : the invention of the movies( Visual )

1 edition published in 1918 in English and held by 11 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
The magic of Méliès by Georges Méliès( Visual )

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

"Decades before the term 'special effects' was coined, audiences of the newborn cinema were witnessing spectacular screen illusions, courtesy of the medium's first master magician: Georges Méliès. Such films as THE ECLIPSE (1907) and LONG DISTANCE WIRELESS PHOTOGRAPHY (1908) not only demonstrate Méliès's astounding employment of double exposure, makeup, editing and theatrical trickery but provide mesmerizing insight into the social context of his work, which blended Victorian approaches to astronomy, superstition and feminine beauty with the unnatural wonders of 20th-century technology and heavy doses of slapstick. The centerpiece of the collection is THE IMPOSSIBLE VOYAGE (1904), presented with the authentic frame-by-frame hand-coloring and narration penned by Méliès himself. GEORGES MÉLIÈS: CINEMA MAGICIAN is a documentary on the filmmaker's life, integrating rare photographs, early drawings and numerous clips. It charts Méliès' rise from shoe factory worker to proprietor of Paris's mystical Théatre Robert-Houdin, where he learned the skills to become a cinematic illusionist and developed an interest in the supernatural, exquisitely represented in THE MYSTERIOUS RETORT (1906) and THE BLACK IMP (1905)."--Publisher
The great train robbery( Visual )

5 editions published in 1903 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 5 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 große Eisenbahnraub die Geschichte des Wilden Westerns( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in German and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Singing( 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 members of the choir "The Highs and Lows" discuss how their involvement in singing has helped them manage their illness
New York Harbor Police boat Patrol capturing pirates( Visual )

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

From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: NEW YORK HARBOR POLICE BOAT "PATROL" CAPTURING PIRATES. The "Patrol" is seen chasing a row-boat containing river pirates. The pirates are pulling at the oars with all their strength, but a few shots from the Police Boat weaken their nerves and they give up. When the "Patrol" comes up near them, it lowers a dory and a number of policemen make the capture. As the pirates are landed on the Police Boat a fierce fight takes place between them and the police, but the latter overcome the offenders and land them safely on the boat. Code word Uramyies [code for telegraphic orders]. Length 125 feet. Class B. $15.00
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
Fireboat "New Yorker" answering an alarm( Visual )

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

"Firemen board the fireboat New Yorker docked at the Battery, New York City; pull anchor; shove off; and proceed out into the harbor"--George Kleine Collection...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
 
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Alternative Names
Smith, Blair

Smith, J. B.

Smith, J. B. (James Blair)

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Smith, J. Blair (James Blair)

Smith, Jacob Blair

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English (37)

German (1)