SUMMARY From Edison films catalog: This subject is in three scenes, showing beautiful dissolving effects. Scene 1 shows Admiral Schley upon the bridge of the Brooklyn commanding the American Fleet in Santiago Harbor. The Spanish fleet is seen to emerge from Santiago Harbor. Simultaneously ships and forts open fire on the American fleet. Scene 2. The Man Behind the Gun. The gun crews are seen manipulating a 13-inch gun repeatedly with terror to Cervera's fleet; one of Cervera's fleet is seen to sink directly from the results of the Brooklyn's firing. A shell is seen to burst among the crew, wounding one of its members. Scene 3. The Man Behind the Teacup shows Admiral Sampson the centre of attraction of a group of old maids at an afternoon tea party. Class A 200 ft. $30.00. NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 18Sept1901; H8753. Original main title lacking. Camera, Edwin S. Porter. Materials listed originate from the paper print chosen best copy of two for digitization; for other holdings on this title, contact M/B/RS reference staff. Summary is for the entire three-part Edison catalog film title "Sampson-Schley controversy:" scenes one and two were produced and copyrighted in August 1901 as "Sampson-Schley controversy" [(c) H7674], while scene three was added in September 1901 and copyrighted separately as "Sampson and Schley controversy--tea party" [(c) H8753, described in this record]. Edison code name (for telegraphic orders): Ungleiches. MAVIS 48453; Sampson and Schley controversy--tea party. Based on the political cartoon in the New York journal and advertiser, July 24, 1901, p. 16. Filmed September 1901 as a third scene to Sampson-Schley controversy. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997; Musser, C. Before the nickelodeon, 1991; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 135, Sept. 1902, p. 26 [MI]. SUBJECTS Sampson, William Thomas,--1840-1902--Drama. Schley, Winfield Scott,--1839-1911--Drama. United States.--Navy--Officers--Drama. Santiago, Battle of, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, 1898--Drama. Naval battles--Cuba--Drama. Spanish-American War, 1898--Drama. Admirals--Drama. Command of troops--Drama. Afternoon teas--Cuba--Drama. Single women--Cuba--Drama. Parody--Short. War--Short. RELATED NAMES Sampson, William Thomas, 1840-1902. Schley, Winfield Scott, 1839-1911. Porter, Edwin S., camera. Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) CALL NUMBER FEC 2889 (ref print) FPE 9285 (dupe neg) LC 794b (paper pos) DIGITAL ID sawmp 0794 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/sawmp.0794
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