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Alphonse and Gaston, no. 3

SUMMARY Opens on a set of a saloon or tavern with a long bar and pictures on the wall that include boxers, a ballerina, and a reclining female. At the end of the bar stands the bartender, reading a newspaper. Two men dressed as the clownish characters of Alphonse and Gaston enter the bar. Both have dark, bushy hair and beards and wear hats, with one dressed in a dark jacket and checkerboard pants and the other wearing a plaid jacket, dark trousers, and spats. Alphonse and Gaston order a bottle, then politely and repeatedly insist that the other should take the first drink. A cowboy dressed in fringed chaps, boots, a Western hat, and a neck kerchief enters the bar, a pistol in each hand, and laughs at the Frenchmen's antics. He begins shooting at their feet, forcing them to dance, while he and the bartender have a good laugh. As the bartender begins to spritz them from soda bottle, Alphonse and Gaston exit the bar dancing. The cowboy walks to the bar and pours himself their drink as he and the bartender continue to laugh over the incident. From Biograph bulletin no. 55: Alphonse and Gaston are in a Western saloon and are forced to dance by a cowboy, who urges them on by shooting at their feet. 54 feet. Class B. CREATED/PUBLISHED United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. NOTES Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 27Oct1903; H37366. Camera, A.E. Weed. Based on the comic strip characters created by Frederick Burr Opper. Filmed Oct. 16, 1903, in the Biograph New York City studio. SUBJECTS French--United States--Drama. Bars (Drinking establishments)--United States--Drama. Alphonse (Fictitious character)--Drama. Gaston (Fictitious character)--Drama. Cowboys--United States--Drama. Pistol shooting--United States--Drama. Bartenders--Drama. Silent films. Comedies. Vaudeville. Westerns. Shorts. RELATED NAMES Weed, A. E., camera. American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID (m) varsmp[email protected](varsmp+1453))
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