1894 (22)

The earliest extant sound film. William K.L. Dickson stands in the background next to a huge sound pickup horn connected to a Thomas Edison phonograph recorder. As he plays a violin, two men dance in the foreground. This film was made to demonstrate a new Thomas Edison machine, the Kinetophone. These machines were Kinetoscope peepshow viewers mated with Thomas Edison wax cylinder phonographs. But the Kinetophone never caught on and this film was never released. The film still exists, but the phonograph soundtrack has been lost.

IMDB Rating: 6.8

 

Presumably, the first woman ever to appear in a Kinetoscope film and possibly the first woman to take part in a motion picture in the United States, the Spaniard dancer, Carmencita, performs her appealing high-kick dance in front of the camera of William K.L. Dickson and William Heise, for Thomas Edison. In this segment of her New York music-hall act, she spins and twirls, exhibiting an admirable talent, a fashionable dress, and a really charming smile.

IMDB Rating: 5.8

 

Pre-cinematograph colour animation of a woman and man at the beach.

IMDB Rating: 6.2

 

Annie get your guns. Standing on the left-hand corner of the stage, wearing a cowboy hat, a skirt with fringe at the hem, and a jacket with fringe hanging from the sleeves, Annie Oakley takes a rifle from her assistant, turns, and rapidly fires six shots, cocking the gun after each one, hitting six targets on a board at the other side of the stage. Then, as her assistant moves quickly to the target side of the stage and kneels down, Annie changes guns. The assistant tosses small clay pigeons in the air, one at a time, directly above his head; Annie takes aim and pulverizes each one. She's finished her seventh of these shots when the reel ends.

IMDB Rating: 6.3

 

A man (Edison's assistant) takes a pinch of snuff and sneezes. This is one of the earliest Edison films and was the first motion picture to be copyrighted in the United States.

IMDB Rating: 5.6