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  American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It was the first company in the United States devoted entirely to film production and exhibition, and for two decades was one of the most prolific, releasing over three thousand short films and twelve feature films.
Biograph spent the remainder of the silent era reissuing its old films, and leasing its Bronx studio to other producers, until Herbert Yates acquired a majority interest in the studio and land, and made it a subsidiary of his Consolidated Film Industries in 1928.
Biograph is still an independent film and entertainment company and is once again located in the historic core section of Downtown Los Angeles.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Biograph_Studios   (1472 words)

 BIOGRAPH The oldest movie company in America- Movie Production - Entertainment
AMERICAN MUTOSCOPE AND BIOGRAPH CO. is the oldest movie company in America, established in 1895.
Daniel was the son of Harry Marvin, co-founder of American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
Rare Biograph films of the Titanic, and the story of Biograph Company's Daniel and Mary Marvin, and their journey aboard the ill-fated liner.
www.biographcompany.com /home.htm   (490 words)

 American Mutoscope and Biograph Company - Psychology Central   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Among Biograph's other accomplishments were being the first producers to film the Pope at the Vatican (1896); and the first company to shoot a movie in Hollywood: D.W. Griffith's In Old California.
Biograph also was the first major movie company to give complete creative control to a Black American, vaudevillian/comedian Bert Williams, who produced, directed and starred in the short comedies Fish (1916), and Natural Born Gambler (1916).
The Biograph Co. released its last new feature-length films in 1915, its last new short films in 1916, and was dissolved by 1929, having spent its later years leasing its studios to other producers.
psychcentral.com /psypsych/Biograph_Studios   (831 words)

 Guide to Motion Picture Catalogs - The Edison Papers
The Emergence of Biograph and its Rivalry with Edison
Competition between the Edison Company and the Biograph Company (as the Edison Manufacturing Company and the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company were generally called) did much to shape the American film industry between 1898 and 1909.
By 1898 Biograph's mutoscopes were replacing Edison's peephole kinetoscopes, providing the company with significant income for many subsequent years.
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 Variety Stage Motion Pictures on CD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
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 American Mutoscope and Biograph Company: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The American Mutoscope and Biograph Company (also known as the Biograph Company) was founded in 1895 and is the oldest movie (A form of entertainment that enacts a story by a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement)
Biograph joined Edison in forming the Motion Picture Patents Company[for more info, click this link] in an attempt to control the industry and shut out smaller producers, Exception Handler: No article summary found.
American Mutoscope and Biograph officially changed its name to the Biograph Company.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /ref/american_mutoscope_and_biograph_company   (1254 words)

 ArriveNet : Company : Profile   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The American Mutoscope and Biograph Company is the oldest movie company in America, being established in 1895 at the dawn of a new century.
The name "Biograph" can be found in almost every encyclopedia and book on the motion picture industry, and was the company to invent the "Syntax" of filmmaking.
It was the first company to be contracted by the White House in 1900, the first to film the Pope at the Vatican and to make the first movie in Hollywood in 1910 which turned Hollywood from a small farming town to the movie and entertainment capital of the world.
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 Biograph Company --  Encyclopædia Britannica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The original members were the American companies Edison, Vitagraph, Biograph, Essanay, Selig, Lubin, and Kalem; and the French companies Pathé;, Méliès, and Gaumont.
Ultimately unsuccessful, the company instead contributed to the rise of independent film producers and the establishment of Hollywood, Calif., as the nation's film capital.
The actors in Shakespeare's company were often costumed in the dicarded clothes of the aristocrats.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9079257?tocId=9079257   (848 words)

 American Experience | Mary Pickford | People & Events | PBS
By 1897 he found himself defending his work against his chief rival, the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, whose products were engineered differently than Edison's and merited their own patents.
Competition between the companies grew so fierce that it was draining the major players' resources and distracting them from their businesses.
Edison, Biograph, Vitagraph and several other companies finally decided to join efforts, and in 1908 the Motion Picture Patents Company was formed.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/amex/pickford/peopleevents/e_business.html   (1081 words)

 New York City - The Early Years on CD, 1898 - 1906   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Duration: 0:53 Departure of Peary [and the] "Roosevelt" from New York American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
Duration: 2:28 Funeral of Hiram Cronk / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company 1905.
Duration: 3:22 A perilous proceeding / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company 1902.
www.a2zcds.net /cds/history/new_york_city.htm   (4119 words)

 American Mutoscope, Mutoscope International Movie Viewer reels machine arcade peep show coin operated   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Mutoscope viewers are always popular and reproductions films are still being made and can be used in the original picture reel viewer machines.
Mutoscope also sold movie viewers with shorter stands and called them "kiddie" models, with special children movies.
But when Rabkins bought Mutoscope in 1926, he largely policed himself and didn't release movie reels with naked women (though many were close, but no cigar!) Rabkin did however play up the idea that the Mutoscope could be a peep show viewer, using very racy and spicy titles.
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 American Express Company --  Encyclopædia Britannica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
American company that at one time operated the nation's largest ground and air express services, transporting parcels, money, and goods, with pickup and delivery.
To get business, the rival express companies had cut the price of their service so much that they were all losing money.
In the national election of 1864 an express company was given the responsibility of taking the vote of the soldiers at the front.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9006109?&query=express   (793 words)

 Early Variety Motion Pictures 1903-1920 DVD Click here for more information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The most significant years in the development of moving pictures in the United States were those between 1891, when the first motion was captured on celluloid and 1920, by which time the cinematographic industry had attained a definite shape and form.
The early years without doubt belonged to the Edison Company, who pioneered filmmaking in America and enjoyed near monopoly in the first few years until other entrepreneurs, namely the American Mutoscope and Bioscope Company and the American Vitagraph Company gave Edison's film crew a run for their money.
The other film company to rob Edison of a peaceful night's sleep was the American Vitagraph Company (1896), formed by British-born Americans J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith.
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 America at Work and Play Early Silent Film Collection at USHistoricalArchive.com
The action must have been a drill or rehearsal as the street is lined with people awaiting the arrival of the three pumpers, the two hook-and-ladder wagons, and the four personnel wagons that made up the contingent of fire equipment.
SUMMARY The subjects seen by the camera are a portion of a large building with columns in front that indicates it is a government building and three small shuttle streetcars across the street from the camera position.
SUMMARY In the center of a town square, a company of uniformed policemen equipped with nightsticks is standing at attention.
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 Silent Era : PSFL : Personal (1904)
American Mutoscope and Biograph Company production; distributed by American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
He arrives a little ahead of time, but not too early for an ambitious widow, who, with her small daughter, is parading the beat on the lookout for the Frenchman.
Before he realizes what he is up against he is in the midst of a crowd of husky American girls, in danger of being torn limb from limb.
www.silentera.com /PSFL/data/P/Personal1904.html   (619 words)

 MOMI - MUTOSCOPE AND BIOGRAPH   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Biograph eventually dropped the use of wide film, and conformed to using 35mm.
The peepshow mutoscope had short life as a major film distribution system, and was eventually relegated to cheap amusement arcades.
But even today, mutoscopes can occasionally be seen (using reels from the 1930s and later).
easyweb.easynet.co.uk /~s-herbert/muto.htm   (211 words)

 Sought After - New York City - The Early Years on CD, 1898 - 1906   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
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 [Frame: 0120].
Duration: 2:20 Excavating for a New York foundation / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company 1903.
Duration: 2:28 The skyscrapers of New York / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company 1906.
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA (PRWEB) December 7 2003--The American Mutoscope and Biograph Company (Better known as Biograph) signs DVD domestic and Canadian distribution deal for its new retrospective of the Little Rascals entitiled “The Rascals”.
Biograph has a unique history of being the oldest Movie Company in America, and to make the first movie in Hollywood.
Thomas R. Bond II President/CEO of Biograph and son of the host, says this will only be the first of many new releases coming from Biograph.
www.emediawire.com /releases/2003/12/prweb93248.htm   (489 words)

 American Memory Collection (Motion Picture and Television Reading Room, Library ofCongress)
Of these, twenty-five were made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, while the remaining twenty are Edison Company productions.
The development of early American animation is represented by this collection of 21 animated films and 2 fragments, which spans the years 1900 to 1921.
Theodore Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to have his career and life chronicled on a large scale by motion picture companies (even though his predecessors, Grover Cleveland and William McKinley, were the first to be filmed).
www.loc.gov /rr/mopic/ndlmps.html   (800 words)

 D.W. Griffith at The Biograph Company
In the days immediately prior to the Biograph decision to ask Griffith to try directing, he had become a familiar face around the Biograph studio and had also shown a marked interest in the production of film.
For David and Linda, there were no theatrical jobs in the offing to compete with their months at Biograph; it was too late for the regular winter season and too early for summer stock, so no crisis of choice was presented to them.
Griffith's first contract with the Biograph Company was signed soon after, providing for a weekly base salary of $50.00 plus a commission of a twentieth of 0.01¢ on each linear foot of film stock sold.
www.tvdays.com /biograph3.htm   (489 words)

 D.W. Griffith at The Biograph Company
Discussions and arguments over the film would range from the corridors of the Congress on down to the lowest of saloons in America, eventually to reach all over the world as the celluloid images of THE BIRTH proved to be both a stimulant and an intoxicant for all who experienced it.
He felt degraded by motion pictures and therefore sought to raise the level of the medium by breaking all of the conventions and existing practices of filmmaking as they then existed.
He was born in Crestwood, Kentucky, on January 22, 1815, the son of Jacob Wark Griffith, a former colonel in the Army of the Confederacy.
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 Theodore Roosevelt Dedicates San Francisco's Dewey Monument
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903.
Copyright: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company; 4Jun1903; H32394.
The Monument, which is still in place, commemorates the victory of Admiral George Dewey and the American fleet over Spanish forces at Manila Bay, the Philippines, on May 1, 1898, during the Spanish-American War.
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 Inside an American Factory : HBS Working Knowledge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Whether you manage the operations of a manufacturing firm today, are fascinated by mechanical processes, or just have a love of old film footage, take a look at this real "inside view" of a major American manufacturer of the early twentieth century.
Featured are the Westinghouse Air Brake Company, the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, and the Westinghouse Machine Company.
The films, made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company in 1904, were intended to showcase the company's operations and were shown daily in the Westinghouse Auditorium at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition held that year in St. Louis.
hbswk.hbs.edu /web-review.jhtml?id=1783&t=bizhistory   (164 words)

Beginning of a skyscraper / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
Taken in the immense excavation for the foundation of the new Macy Building at the corner of Broadway and 34th Street, New York.
An excellent study of modern American push and enterprise.
hdl.loc.gov /loc.mbrsmi/lcmp002.m2a39986   (195 words)

 Silent Film Sources Review
The American Mutoscope and Biograph Company started in the flip card business ("mutoscopes"), but they shifted to producing dramatic shorts and actualities.
The Biograph years were very productive for Griffith, and the cliche was that in that period he defined the language of cinema.
Griffith began working at Biograph in their studios in a converted mansion on East 14th Street in Manhattan.
www.cinemaweb.com /silentfilm/08dwgyod.htm   (1572 words)

 Vaudeville Movies!
Alan Trachtenberg writes of the "American fascination with the machine" in both "its Promethean" and "demonic aspect" during the Gilded Age.
As technology improved and the American public's taste for movies grew, Bigtime vaudeville faced greater competition and by the 1920's few theatres could afford to present bills of straight vaudeville.
However, in the infancy of the moving pictures, vaudeville was still king and early film makers used vaudeville performers and routines as the subjects of countless short films.
xroads.virginia.edu /~ma02/easton/vaudeville/movies.html   (713 words)

 The Birth Of A Nation (1915)
In its explicitly caricaturist presentation of the KKK as heroes and Southern fls as villains and violent rapists and threats to the social order, it appealed to white Americans who subscribed to the mythic, romantic view (similar to Sir Walter Scott historical romances) of the Old Plantation South.
Ironically, although the film was advertised as authentic and accurate, the film's major fl roles in the film -- including the Senator's mulatto mistress, the mulatto politican brought to power in the South, and faithful freed slaves -- were stereotypically played and filled by white actors - in flface.
A company of Confederate state troops is informed of the raid, and they rescue the town and the Cameron household from the intruders.
www.filmsite.org /birt.html   (2438 words)

 Westinghouse Works, 1904   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The motion pictures taken of the Westinghouse Works were produced by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company from April 13 to May 16, 1904, and were photographed by G. (Billy) Bitzer.
This would not have been unusual since the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company is known to have produced other films for the Exposition for the U.S. Department of Interior.
Besides the numerous pictures of employees and their work, there were numerous humorous scenes interspersed by the Mutoscope company, who made the films for the Westinghouse people...The pictures are to be on exhibition at St. Louis when the electric building opens next month.
lcweb2.loc.gov /ammem/papr/west/westabot.html   (499 words)

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