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1. Demolishing and Building Up the Star Theatre (1901)

Unrated | 2 min | Documentary, Short

Time-lapse photography is used to show the manual dismantling and demolition of New York's Star Theatre over a period of about 30 days.

Director: Frederick S. Armitage

Votes: 1,030

2. History of a Crime (1901)

5 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A burglar is arrested for a murder. He is condemned to death. Before his execution the murderer dreams of his past, of how he was a bank clerk, then turned to crime. The criminal is then ... See full summary »

Director: Ferdinand Zecca | Stars: Jean Liézer, Bretteau, Ferdinand Zecca

Votes: 725

3. What Happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City (1901)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

A winner and sure to please. In front of one of the largest newspaper offices is a hot air shaft through which immense volumes of air are forced by a blower. Ladies in crossing this shaft ... See full summary »

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Stars: A.C. Abadie, Florence Georgie

Votes: 1,069

4. Fire! (1901)

5 min | Short, Action, Drama

Firefighters ring for help, and here comes the ladder cart; they hitch a horse to it. A second horse-drawn truck joins the first, and they head down the street to a house fire. Inside a man... See full summary »

Director: James Williamson

Votes: 719

5. Scrooge; or Marley's Ghost (1901)

6 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

It's Christmas Eve. The miser Scrooge and his assistant Bob Cratchit finish their work in the office and go home. When Scrooge is going to open his front door, he sees the face of Marley's ... See full summary »

Director: Walter R. Booth | Star: Daniel Smith

Votes: 530

6. Magical Sword (1901)

2 min | Short, Fantasy, Romance

On the roof of an ancient palace appear a young Knight and his lady. While they are making love an ugly old witch appears and is rather troublesome. The Knight commands her to leave, and ... See full summary »

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 157

7. The Countryman's First Sight of the Animated Pictures (1901)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

A satire on the way that audiences unaccustomed to the cinema didn't know how to react to the moving images on a screen - in this film, an unsophisticated (and stereotypical) country yokel ... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 730

8. The Old Maid Having Her Picture Taken (1901)

Not Rated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

An old maid is walking about the studio while the photographer is getting his camera ready. She first looks at a hanger, which immediately falls from the wall, not being able to stand her ... See full summary »

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Star: Gilbert Saroni

Votes: 239

9. President McKinley Inauguration (1901)

1 min | Documentary, Short

The first sequence (ca. 49 ft.), views of President William McKinley speaks to the crowd during his inauguration in Washington, DC. We see crowds on Pennsylvania Ave., NW, passing by the ... See full summary »

Director: G.W. Bitzer | Stars: Marcus Hanna, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt

Votes: 184

12. The Glutton's Nightmare (1901)


A glutton dreams of cats in a rabbit pie, and dogs in sausages.

Director: Percy Stow

14. Bluebeard (1901)

12 min | Short, Horror

A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Jehanne d'Alcy, Bleuette Bernon, Thomas White

Votes: 1,769

15. A Photographic Contortion (1901)

1 min | Comedy, Short

A man, objecting to being filmed, comes closer and closer to the camera lens until his mouth is all we see. Then he opens wide and swallows camera and cinematographer. He steps back, chews, and grins.

Director: James Williamson | Star: Sam Dalton

Votes: 1,927

16. The Man with the Rubber Head (1901)

3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

A chemist carries out a bizarre experiment with his own head.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 2,970

18. Fumerie d'opium (1901)

1 min | Short

Japanese drug addicts smoking opium.

Director: Gabriel Veyre

Votes: 255

19. The Gigantic Devil (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

A magnificent Venetian oratory. On the left a large bay window through which may be seen the Grand Canal of the city of Venice. In the centre a colonnade and a hemicycle; to the right is a ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 681

20. Stop Thief! (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Action, Comedy

A hungry vagabond snatches a wrapped leg of lamb and jumps into a large wooden barrel to hide. Will he get away scot-free?

Director: James Williamson | Star: Sam Dalton

Votes: 618

21. The Fat and the Lean Wrestling Match (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy

Right in front of our very eyes, two attractive and feminine women metamorphose into two professional wrestlers who begin a no-holds-barred wrestling match.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,100

22. The Christmas Dream (1901)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short, Fantasy

The entire story of Christmastide is here depicted. The scene opens in a large boudoir of an apparently wealthy man's home. His children, assisted by their governess, are about to retire. ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 458

24. Cyrano de Bergerac (1900)

Not Rated | 2 min | Drama, Short

The only film record ever made of the original star of Rostand's famous play performing a scene from his most famous role. It is accompanied by a sound-on-cylinder recording of Coquelin's voice reciting one of Cyrano's speeches.

Director: Clément Maurice | Star: Benoît-Constant Coquelin

Votes: 276

25. Pan-American Exposition by Night (1901)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short

A great feature of the Pan-American Exposition, as unanimously conceded by all visitors, was the electric illumination of the Exposition grounds at night. After a great deal of ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 571

26. The Magician and the Human Pump (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Fantasy

In this trickery extravaganza, Excelsior, the wizard of illusion, pulls out a handkerchief from his pocket, and after that, everything is possible in his rare and spectacular show.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 641

27. What Is Seen Through a Keyhole (1901)

2 min | Short, Comedy

A hotel porter tries in his spare time to find out the secrets of the guests in looking through the keyholes of the different rooms. He must see very funny things, judging from his facial expressions.

Director: Ferdinand Zecca

Votes: 516

28. President McKinley Taking the Oath (1901)

1 min | Documentary, Short, News

Short film which documents William McKinley's presidential inauguration.

Stars: William McKinley, Joseph Garney Cannon, John Dalzell, George Dewey

Votes: 507

29. Rêve et réalité (1901)

1 min | Comedy, Short

A well-dressed middle-aged man is enjoying a drink at a table with a pretty young woman. He flirts with her, and she seems not to mind his attentions. But is it all too good to be true?

Director: Ferdinand Zecca

Votes: 489

30. Terrible Teddy, the Grizzly King (1901)

1 min | Short, Comedy

Theodore Roosevelt merrily kills a mountain lion in Colorado while his press agent and photographer record the event for posterity.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 475

31. The Clown with the Portable Body (1901)

2 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

The funniest of all mystical pictures yet produced. Several body parts of a dancing clown float away from his body and come back again.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: André Deed

Votes: 478

32. Circular Panorama of Electric Tower (1901)

1 min | Documentary, Short

A most interesting picture at the Pan-American Exposition. The picture was taken from the north side of the Electric Tower. It presents the most perfect and diversified views of the ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 459

33. The Brahmin and the Butterfly (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Fantasy

A Brahmin comes upon a giant caterpillar, which turns into a cross between a butterfly and a girl: the Brahmin finally turns into a caterpillar.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 477

34. The Haunted Curiosity Shop (1901)

2 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

An old proprietor is startled by the sudden appearance of a skull. Just as he draws back from the uncanny object, the doors of a mediaeval wardrobe fly back and a hand prods him with a ... See full summary »

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 458

35. The House of Mystery (1901)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Fantasy

In a mysterious cavern, a magician performs a magic show that includes a dancing skeleton and a woman who is levitated.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 337

36. Trapeze Disrobing Act (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy

In this short silent film, we see Charmion an early vaudeville strongwomen, perform her famous Trapeze disrobing act. During the Victorian era, Charmion believed in promoting physical culture and dress reform for women.

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter | Star: Charmion

Votes: 321

37. Enfants annamites ramassant des sapèques devant la Pagode des Dames (1901)

1 min | Short

Black and white film where two ladies in white throw coins to poor kids. Filmed in Vietnam.

Director: Gabriel Veyre

Votes: 258

38. A Holiday Pageant at Home (1901)

Not Rated | 5 min | Short, Comedy, Family

A family of seven entertain themselves by putting on a pageant on Christmas Eve.

Votes: 254

39. The Artist's Dilemma (1901)

2 min | Short, Fantasy

The scene opens in an artist's studio, the artist asleep in his chair. A large old fashioned clock opens and a young lady comes out and awaking the artist, requests him to paint her picture... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 234

40. The Death of Poor Joe (1901)

1 min | Short, Drama

A child-crossing sweeper dies in the snow.

Director: George Albert Smith | Stars: Laura Bayley, Tom Green

Votes: 185

41. Panoramic View of the Morecambe Sea Front (1901)

3 min | Documentary, Short, History

This film is part of the Mitchell and Kenyon collection - an amazing visual record of everyday life in Britain at the beginning of the twentieth century. Wave to Morecambe's seasiders in ... See full summary »

Votes: 178

42. The Finish of Bridget McKeen (1901)

1 min | Comedy, Short

The cook has trouble lighting the stove, so she adds kerosene, with explosive results.

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 168

43. Undressing Extraordinary (1901)

3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

Here we present a picture that simply convulses an audience with laughter. The scene opens in the bedroom of a hotel. A traveler appears, evidently a "little worse for wear." After ... See full summary »

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 124

44. The Wonderful Baby Incubator (1901)

1 min | Short, Comedy

An up to date idea and a great picture. The professor sits in his laboratory with his newly invented baby incubator. A mother who is anxious for the growth of her child enters, places her ... See full summary »

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 150