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Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog

SUMMARY Opens with the head and shoulders of a woman in full dress and hat and the front paws and head of a boxer visible behind a sign that reads "Miss Laura Comstock's Bag Punching Dog." Cuts to the dog sitting on his haunches on a stage with a painted backdrop of a trail through a forest. As the dog starts to wander offscreen, a large punching bag drops from above. He leaps up and hits the suspended bag with his head and body, causing it to swing. The dog repeatedly punches the bag in this manner until he knocks it down completely, grabs it in his mouth, and shakes it from side to side in his teeth. From Edison films catalog: This wonderful dog "Mannie," owned by the vaudeville star, Miss Laura Comstock, is a most learned animal. He has been trained to perform all sorts of tricks, and his intelligence is, perhaps, most marked in his latest and most difficult feat, that of punching the bag. This picture depicts him in a bag punching performance which is really wonderful. His high jumps and lightning-like punches are remarkable and cause one to marvel at the amount of patience that must be necessary to teach a dog such tricks. CREATED/PUBLISHED United States: Edison Manufacturing Co., 1901. NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 6May1901; H4086. SUBJECTS Boxers (Dogs)--Training--United States. Bag punching--United States. Mannie (Dog) Dog sports--United States. Show dogs--United States. Silent films. Vaudeville. Animal films and programs. Shorts. RELATED NAMES Porter, Edwin S., camera. Comstock, Laura, performer. Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID (m) varsmp[email protected](varsmp+1685))
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