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List of 1900s Movies on Kanopy

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1. A Trip to the Moon

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85/100
Released: 1902Rated: G
Action & Adventure, Fantasy

What it's about: Professor Barbenfouillis and five of his colleagues from the Academy of Astronomy travel to the Moon aboard a rocket propelled by a giant cannon. Once on the lunar surface, the bold explorers face the many perils hidden in the caves of the mysterious satellite.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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2. The Great Train Robbery

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7.3/10
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74/100
Released: 1903Rated: G
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: The clerk at the train station is assaulted and left tied by four men, then they rob the train threatening the operator. (They) take all the money and shoot a passenger when trying to run away. A little girl discovers the clerk tied and gives notice to the sheriff, who at once goes along with his men hunting the bandits.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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3. The Man with the Rubber Head

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7.1/10
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50/100
Released: 1901
Comedy, Fantasy

What it's about: A chemist in his laboratory places upon a table his own head, alive; then fixing upon his head a rubber tube with a pair of bellows, he begins to blow with all his might. Immediately the head increases in size and continues to enlarge until it becomes truly colossal while making faces. The chemist, fearing to burst it, opens a cock in the tube. The head immediately contracts and resumes its original size. He then calls his assistant and informs him of his discovery. The assistant, wishing to experiment for himself, seizes the bellows and blows into the head with all his might. The head swells until it bursts with a crash, knocking over the two experimenters.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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4. Bluebeard

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7.0/10
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48/100
Released: 1901
Fantasy, Horror

What it's about: A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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5. A Corner in Wheat

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47/100
Released: 1909Rated: G
Drama

What it's about: A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread, forcing the grain's producers into charity lines and further into poverty. The film continues to contrast the ironic differences between the lives of those who work to grow the wheat and the life of the man who dabbles in its sale for profit. Written by James Meek

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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6. Those Awful Hats

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42/100
Released: 1909
Comedy

What it's about: A pair of young ladies cause trouble at the cinema with their lavish hats.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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7. The Merry Frolics of Satan

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6.7/10
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41/100
Released: 1906
Fantasy, Horror

What it's about: Two travellers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventually experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil before he takes one of them down to Hell and roasts him on a spit.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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8. A Trip Down Market St. before the Fire

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41/100
Released: 1906
Documentary, History

What it's about: A Trip Down Market Street is a 13-minute actuality film recorded by placing a movie camera on the front of a cable car as it travels down San Francisco’s Market Street. A virtual time capsule from over 100 years ago, the film shows many details of daily life in a major American city, including the transportation, fashions and architecture of the era. The film begins at 8th Street and continues eastward to the cable car turntable, at The Embarcadero, in front of the San Francisco Ferry Building. It was produced by the four Miles brothers: Harry, Herbert, Earle and Joe. Harry J. Miles cranked the Bell & Howell camera during the filming.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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9. The Hilarious Posters

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6.3/10
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41/100
Released: 1906
Comedy, Fantasy

What it's about: A wall full of advertising posters comes to life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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10. Going to Bed Under Difficulties

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40/100
Released: 1900
Comedy, Fantasy

What it's about: A man takes off his clothes in preparation for bed, only for new clothes to spontaneously generate, leading to comical consternation.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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11. The Thieving Hand

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39/100
Released: 1908
Comedy, Fantasy

What it's about: A one-armed street peddler notices that a well-to-do man has dropped his ring, and the peddler returns it to him. The wealthy man is very grateful, and to show his appreciation he takes the peddler to a 'Limb Store', where he pays for a new arm to be attached where his own is missing. But the man soon finds out that his new arm seems to have a will of its own, as it does some things that cause him considerable embarrassment.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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12. The Living Playing Cards

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39/100
Released: 1905
Comedy, Fantasy

What it's about: A bearded magician holds up a large playing card and makes it larger. He tears up a card of a queen, burns the torn bits, and a life-size Queen of Hearts card appears; then, it becomes alive. The magician puts her back into the card. The same thing happens with the King of Clubs: the card becomes alive. The king removes his costume, and there's something very familiar about him. (IMDb)

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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13. The Consequences of Feminism

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38/100
Released: 1906
Comedy

What it's about: A world where women are sexually aggressive and men stay at home doing housework.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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14. Pierrette's Escapades

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37/100
Released: 1900
Romance

What it's about: Columbine resists Pierrette's courting in favour of Harlequin in this hand-coloured short by Alice Guy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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15. At the Photographer's

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5.3/10
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37/100
Released: 1900
Comedy

What it's about: A client has trouble listening to the photographer's instructions.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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16. Turn-of-the-Century Surgery

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37/100
Released: 1900
Comedy, Horror

What it's about: George Mélies made a version of this a few years later, often titled Une Indigestion, but Guy-Blaché’s earlier film Chirurgie Fin de Siecle (1900) is more widely available. And it’s not one to watch the night before an operation. In this clinic, a sign pleads “On est prie de ne pas crier/Please do not cry”, and the doctors set about the patient with saws, cheerily hacking off limbs, and then slopping them into a bucket, all the while arguing ferociously with each other. They then reattach arms and legs from a bucket of “exchange pieces” (using glue) before re-animating their victim, I mean patient, with bellows. (from http://silentlondon.co.uk/2015/01/23/10-disgusting-moments-in-silent-cinema/)

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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17. Avenue de l'opéra

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36/100
Released: 1900
Comedy

What it's about: Alice Guy short in which a shot of a busy street is run backward.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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18. Automated Hat-Maker and Sausage-Grinder

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36/100
Released: 1900
Comedy

What it's about: A machine churns out sausages on one side and spits out hats on the other.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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19. The Landlady

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35/100
Released: 1900
Comedy

What it's about: A landlady is taunted by neighborhood kids.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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20. The Scheming Gambler's Paradise

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35/100
Released: 1905

What it's about: A combination gambling den and bawdy house is set up so that croupiers, patrons, prostitutes, and the owner can quickly change it all into a mercantile establishment when the cops stage a raid.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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21. Good Glue Sticks

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35/100
Released: 1907
Comedy

What it's about: A peddler of "the best glue" sets up his outdoor stall. A crowd gathers for a demonstration. As he gives his pitch, two observant cops decide drive off his customers and close him down, much to his fury. He seeks revenge as they sit on a park bench.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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22. An Impossible Balancing Feat

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35/100
Released: 1902
Fantasy

What it's about: A magician along with three doppelgangers perform an elaborate balancing act.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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23. The Race for the Sausage

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34/100
Released: 1907
Comedy

What it's about: A dog chasing after sausage trips up the town with its leash.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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24. The Wonderful Living Fan

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34/100
Released: 1904
Fantasy

What it's about: As a conjurer awaits an audience, a procession announces the arrival of a royal representative, carried in a sedan chair, to see him. The conjurer then has a large box brought in. It is opened, revealing a very large folding fan. When the fan is spread out, the designs on it begin to change and move. And this is far from the last of the surprises that the conjurer has in store.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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25. Remote Electric Photography

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34/100
Released: 1908
Science-Fiction, Comedy

What it's about: Into a photography studio full of large fantastic machines steps an elderly couple. The bearded proprietor explains the equipment and gives them a demonstration: he starts machines whirring, and projects a painting of three women onto a large screen; suddenly the women begin to move. The customers are impressed. First the women sits in the special seat: she's projected onto the screen, and her good nature comes out in the laughing image. Then it's the man's turn, but the machine discloses a vastly different nature in him. Will his reaction threaten our proprietor's inventions?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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26. The Clockmaker's Dream

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34/100
Released: 1904
Fantasy

What it's about: A weary clock-maker dozes off in a chair. While he is asleep, three women suddenly appear in the midst of his shop. They proceed to show the sleeping clock-maker some new kinds of clocks that they know how to make.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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27. Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show

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34/100
Released: 1902
Comedy

What it's about: Country rube thinks what he sees on the movie screen is real. He jumps out of his seat to try to stop a kissing scene.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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28. An Adventurous Automobile Trip

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34/100
Released: 1905
Action & Adventure

What it's about: A man needs to get to Monte Carlo from Paris, but finds out that a train will take 17 hours to get there. He decides to go with a man with a special car, who claims that he can get there in just two hours. Complications ensue.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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29. The Firefall

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33/100
Released: 1904

What it's about: A magic show.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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30. A Crazy Composer

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33/100
Released: 1905

What it's about: A silly-looking composer attempts to compose. He then falls asleep, and dreams of all manner of bizarre nonsense.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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31. The Miser

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33/100
Released: 1908

What it's about: This Georges Melies film is only available in a five-minute fragment. The film starts off with a title card setting up the events. An elderly miser keep all of his money to himself and refuses to help people no matter what they might need. We see him turn away a few people and then portions of the film are missing and we pick up later in the story as the old man is scared of something (apparently someone stole his money).

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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32. La Légende de Rip Van Winckle

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6.1/10
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33/100
Released: 1905
Drama, Fantasy

What it's about: The Melies version of the old Rip Van Winkle tale.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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33. The Drunken Mattress

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33/100
Released: 1906
Comedy

What it's about: A drunk winds up inside the mattress a lady is mending.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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34. Miss Dundee and Her Performing Dogs

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33/100
Released: 1902
Documentary, Comedy

What it's about: A woman shows off her trained dogs.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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35. A Sticky Woman

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33/100
Released: 1906
Comedy

What it's about: A lady uses her maid to lick her stamps, when an overtly excited man notices the maid, forcibly kisses her, and they wind up stuck to each other.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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36. Ocean Studies

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5.2/10
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33/100
Released: 1906
Documentary

What it's about: Alice Guy films the sea.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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37. Spain

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33/100
Released: 1905
Documentary

What it's about: Alice Guy shoots a travelogue documentary all around Spain.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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38. The Imperceptable Transmutations

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33/100
Released: 1904
Fantasy

What it's about: This shows a prince entering upon the stage of the King's private theatre. He is about to do a few mystifying tricks for the amusement of the court.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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39. The Irresistible Piano

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33/100
Released: 1907
Comedy

What it's about: A piano entices anyone who comes near.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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40. Marvellous Egg Production

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33/100
Released: 1902
Fantasy, Comedy

What it's about: “This is an absolutely new and extraordinary subject. A juggler takes in succession about a dozen eggs out of his servant's mouth. He breaks all the eggs into a hat, and after having beaten them up after the manner of a cook, he extracts an egg as large as the hat itself. As soon as he sets this egg on the table there appears a tiny dancing girl, full of life, as big as a baby's doll, and who performs on the table some beautiful stage dances. All of a sudden she increases to the size of a ordinary woman, and jumping on the floor she delights the audience with her turns. The juggler and the dancing girl disappear in the most extraordinary way.” (Méliès Catalog)

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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41. The Magician's Alms

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33/100
Released: 1905
Fantasy, Drama

What it's about: A magician transforms a tiny dinner table into a full meal for a homeless man.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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42. On the Barricade

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33/100
Released: 1907
Drama, History

What it's about: During the French Revolution, a boy runs across trouble at the barricade.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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43. The Colonel's Account

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32/100
Released: 1907
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: This short film consists of a crazy old colonel being asked to entertain party guests about his exploits of daring. However, being a totally insane old coot, he runs amok acting out his war-time heroics--smashing and throwing everything in the room!

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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44. The Fairy of the Surf

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32/100
Released: 1909
Fantasy, Romance

What it's about: Three men go out on the ocean in a row boat. There, they see dancing fairies. Then manage to catch one and take her aboard the boat--taking her back to the castle with them. Then, one of the men asks the fairy to marry him and they do so--though something strange occurs right after the ceremony.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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45. Buncoed Stage Johnnie

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32/100
Released: 1908
Comedy

What it's about: This Georges Melies film is one of several to appear in only a fragment form. The film opens up with a title card explaining what happens in the missing parts of the movie. Basically a man wants to give some flowers to a stage star but a prankster instead gives them to an obese cleaning woman.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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46. L'hôtel des voyageurs de commerce

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Released: 1906

What it's about: The staff of an inn play a cruel trick on a guest.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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47. The Luny Musician

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32/100
Released: 1906
Fantasy, Musical

What it's about: A crazy, rude musician gets some supernatural comeuppance.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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48. The Game-Keeper's Son

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32/100
Released: 1906
Drama

What it's about: The kids of a game-keeper get into a chase with rifles.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor).

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49. Sightseeing Through Whisky

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