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1. Thomas Edison, Train Films 1897-1906 (1904)

8 min | Documentary, Short

Railroading in the east contains the earliest train films ever made. This film has been produced was made for the earliest steam train motion pictures at the turn of the century.

Director: Thomas A. Edison

Votes: 11

2. Parsifal (1904)

25 min | Drama, Short

Klingsor seeks admission to the Holy Grail. Evil summons Kundry. Herzeloid appears with the child Parsifal. Crowning of Amfortas. Wounding of Amfortas. Carrying Amfortas to his bath. Kundry... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Adelaide Fitz-Allen, Robert Whittier

3. Animated Painting (1904)

Short, Comedy

An artist is painting a sunrise at sea. After a few finishing touches he stands back and admires the painting. The sun immediately commences to rise. From all appearances it becomes very ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 22

4. Casey's Frightful Dream (1904)

Short, Fantasy

Casey gets out of bed while asleep, walks to the window, raises the sash and steps out on the sill. The scene changes and Casey is seen walking along the edge of the roof. He finally loses ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

5. Midnight Intruder (1904)

Short, Comedy

An old German is fast asleep in bed. He is suddenly awakened and immediately reaches for a large pistol under his pillow. After a few terrifying moments a cat jumps upon the bed. Seeing the... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

6. Pranks of Buster Brown and His Dog Tige (1904)

Comedy, Short

Scene I of the Buster Brown Series. The opening scene shows Bridget asleep at the kitchen-table, and Buster enters on tip-toe. After tying her apron over her head and to the back of the ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 52

7. Babe and Puppies (1904)


A little girl and her baby sister are playing in the garden. The older of the two, wishing to amuse herself in some other way, gives the baby some bread and runs off. Pretty soon a number ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

8. A Brush Between Cowboys and Indians (1904)

Western, Short

Shows a band of mischievous cowboys being chased by Indians. A number of shots are fired at the pursuing Indians by the cow punchers, and the Indians' arrows are seen landing in the water pretty close to the fleeing men.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson

Votes: 22

9. Dog Factory (1904)

Unrated | 4 min | Short, Comedy

A brief vaudeville-style demonstration of a "Dog Transformator," a machine that instantly turns dogs into sausages, and amazingly, sausages back into dogs.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 382

10. Rounding Up and Branding Cattle (1904)

Documentary, Short

Shows the principal work of Western cowboys. At every round-up, the country for miles around is searched and all the youngsters are driven to the enclosures to be branded. The cowboys ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

11. Western Stage Coach Hold Up (1904)

Short, Western

Taken at Bliss, Oklahoma. Shows a typical Western stage hold-up. A band of robbers are playing cards in the foreground of the picture. Suddenly one of the gang who has been on the lookout ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Star: Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson

14. Nervy Nat Kisses the Bride (1904)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy

A tramp gets involved in mischief on a train.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 135

15. Capture of the 'Yegg' Bank Burglars (1904)

11 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A group of bank robbers meet at their campsite to plan a burglary. When everything is ready, they break into the bank and blow open the safe. Their getaway, though, is not a clean one. They... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 51

16. European Rest Cure (1904)

Not Rated | 17 min | Comedy, Short

An American tourist has a terrible ordeal on his European vacation.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 208

17. How a French Nobleman Got a Wife Through the 'New York Herald' Personal Columns (1904)

Not Rated | 8 min | Comedy, Short

A French aristocrat, who has recently arrived in America, has placed a personal advertisement in the newspaper. In the ad, he invites any well-to-do young woman who is interested in ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 253

20. Scarecrow Pump (1904)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy

A boy tries to play a practical joke, but his target has other ideas.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 128

21. The Strenuous Life; or, Anti-Race Suicide (1904)

5 min | Short, Comedy

A married couple faces the demands of what Theodore Roosevelt called 'the strenuous life'.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 122

22. Maniac Chase (1904)

8 min | Short, Comedy

A "madman" escapes prison and the torments of his warders.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 130

23. The Ex-Convict (1904)

Not Rated | 8 min | Drama, Short

A recently released prisoner struggles to support his family.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 201

24. Rector's to Claremont (1904)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short, Comedy

When a group of diners boards a carriage, one man is left behind and chases after them on foot.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 125

25. Circular Panorama of the Horse Shoe Falls in Winter (1904)

Documentary, Short

This most interesting subject was taken from Goat Island and shows the Horseshoe Falls and surrounding shores covered with ice and snow. One of the features of this picture is the dazzling ... See full summary »

26. Crossing Ice Bridge at Niagara Falls (1904)

Documentary, Short

The severe cold of the winter of 1903-04 allowed the rapids of Niagara Falls to freeze over, allowing the brave tourists to enter the chasm and cross to the other side over the formed ice bridge.

Votes: 28

27. Ice Skating in Central Park, N.Y. (1904)

Documentary, Short

Showing thousands of young people enjoying their favorite Winter Sport.

Votes: 37

28. Sliding Down Ice Mound at Niagara Falls (1904)

Documentary, Short

A typical Niagara Falls Winter scene showing young people sliding down immense ice mounds which are some hundred feet in height.

Votes: 17

29. Cohen's Advertising Scheme (1904)

1 min | Comedy, Short

Cohen, a grotesquely made-up Jewish shop owner, tricks a passerby into wearing a coat that has a sign advertising his store attached to the back.

Votes: 22

30. Halloween Night at the Seminary (1904)

Comedy, Short

A tramp enters a large reception room just as a party of girls are descending a staircase backwards with mirrors in their hands to see their future husbands. One of the girl's mirrors ... See full summary »

31. Ice Boating on the North Shrewsbury, Red Bank, N.J. (1904)

Documentary, Short

A very pretty picture of a party of ladies and gentlemen starting on a trip on an ice boat. A most interesting object.

32. Little German Band (1904)

Short, Comedy

A German band is playing in front of a small saloon. The proprietor orders them to move on but the band plays on with more vim. In desperation he mixes some beer and kerosene and invites ... See full summary »

33. Old Maid and Fortune Teller (1904)

Short, Comedy

An old maid is having her fortune told by a gypsy woman. Very amusing facial expressions follow as the maid listens to her fortune.

34. Wifey's Mistake (1904)

Short, Comedy

A butler is assisting his master to remove his coat, etc. After donning his smoking jacket his master leaves the room. The butler immediately proceeds to attire himself in his master's ... See full summary »

35. Buster Brown and the Dude (1904)

2 min | Short, Comedy

Scene II of the Buster Brown Series. Shows a millinery store in the shopping district, and Mrs. Brown with a lady friend, admiring the hats displayed in the window. Buster and Tige are ... See full summary »

Votes: 54

36. Buster Makes Room for His Mama at the Bargain Counter (1904)

Short, Comedy

Scene III of the Buster Brown Series. Shows a bargain counter in a department store and a large gathering of women examining goods. It is a special sale, and a great deal of interest is ... See full summary »

Votes: 50

37. Buster and Tige Put a Balloon Vendor Out of Business (1904)

Short, Comedy

Scene V of the Buster Brown Series. Shows an Italian balloon vendor near the "Flat-iron" Building, New York City. Mrs. Brown and Buster appear on the scene. Buster begins teasing his mamma ... See full summary »

Votes: 53

38. Buster's Dog to the Rescue (1904)

Short, Comedy

Scene IV of the Buster Brown Series. Shows a kitchen and Bridget busy making crullers. Buster enters and begs Bridget to give him one. Bridget refuses and places all the crullers in a ... See full summary »

Votes: 54

39. Section of Buster Brown Series, Showing a Sketch of Buster by Outcault (1904)


Shows Mr. R. T. Outcault, the artist, making a quick charcoal sketch of Buster Brown and his dog Tige.

Star: Richard F. Outcault

40. Sleighing in Central Park, New York (1904)

Documentary, Short

Showing a large number of people enjoying this favorite Winter pastime in Central Park. This scene was taken close by a large lake, and shows thousands of people skating in the background. A most interesting subject.

Votes: 17

41. Battle of Chemulpo Bay (1904)

3 min | Short, Action, War

A historical re-enactment of a naval battle in Chemulpo Bay off the coast of Korea during the Russo-Japanese war. Shows a Japanese ship damaging one Russian vessel and sinking another.

Votes: 66