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May Irwin kiss

Author: William HeiseMay IrwinJohn C RiceJohn J McNallyThomas A. Edison, Inc.All authors
Publisher: United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1896.
Edition/Format:   Film : Film   Visual material : English
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From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: An osculatory performance by May Irwin and John Rice. The most popular subject ever shown.

From Edison films catalog: By May Irwin and John Rice. They get ready to kiss, begin to kiss, and kiss and kiss and kiss in a way that brings down the house every time. 50 feet. $7.50.

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Genre/Form: Comedy films
Novelty films
Short films
Silent films
Romance
Comedy
Material Type: Film, Internet resource
Document Type: Visual material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Heise; May Irwin; John C Rice; John J McNally; Thomas A. Edison, Inc.; Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress)
OCLC Number: 70907661
Notes: Copyright: no reg.
Duration: 0:18 at 30 fps.
Scene from the New York stage comedy, The widow Jones, by John J. McNally, in which Irwin and Rice starred. According to Edison film historian Charles Musser, the actors staged their kiss for the camera at the request of the New York World newspaper, and the resulting film was the most popular Edison Vitascope film in 1896.
Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 197-99; Maguire & Baucus. Edison and international photographic films catalogue, April 1897, p. 11 [MI]; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 70 [MI]; Eagan, D. America's film legacy, p. 4-5.
Credits: Camera, William Heise.
Cast: May Irwin (Beatrice Byke), John C. Rice (Billy Bilke).
Event notes: Filmed April 1896, in Edison's Black Maria studio in West Orange, New Jersey.
Awards: This film was selected for the National Film Registry.
Description: viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 34 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
Other Titles: May Irwin kiss (Motion picture : 1896)
Kiss
Kiss scene
Picture of a kiss
John C. Rice-May Irwin kiss
Responsibility: Thomas A. Edison, Inc.

Abstract:

From Maguire & Baucus catalogue: An osculatory performance by May Irwin and John Rice. The most popular subject ever shown.

From Edison films catalog: By May Irwin and John Rice. They get ready to kiss, begin to kiss, and kiss and kiss and kiss in a way that brings down the house every time. 50 feet. $7.50.

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