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The Era of Vaudeville Volume 2 (Containing 29 films) on CD

The Era of Vaudeville Volume 2 (Containing 29 films) on CD
Price USD 14.97
Seller History Film Compilations on DVD

Fights of nations


CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : American Mutoscope
and Biograph Company, 1907.


SUMMARY Part 1: In "Mexico and Spain," a man dressed
as a Mexican peasant spies on a happy young woman and
her suitor, who wears a fancy Spanish, matador-style outfit.
The woman dances for her companion, then the couple embrace
and sit on a stone bench, holding hands. The jealous peasant
rises from his hiding place to stab his rival, but the
woman grabs his arm and stops him. The two men engage
in a fierce knife fight, with the woman at one point helping
her suitor regain his lost weapon. The Spaniard finally
disarms his opponent, but consents to the woman's begging
and spares the peasant's life. -- "Our Hebrew Friends"
opens to a street set with a painted backdrop of storefronts.
A man apparently identified as Jewish through his dark
hair and full beard argues with a Jewish necktie peddler.
The argument soon escalates into a shoving match, through
which a portly gentleman tries to pass. A third man, also
apparently Jewish, happens upon the scene and soon joins
the fight. The three men turn in a circle kicking each
other until a policeman arrives and breaks them apart.
The third man draws the officer aside with an offer of
a bribe, which the policeman happily accepts. The money,
however, is apparently taken back secretly when the two
shake hands, and the three men rejoice after the policeman
walks off.


Part 2: "'Hoot mon!' A Scottish Combat" opens with the
end of a duel between two uniformed men in kilts as one
falls to the ground wounded. A third kilted man enters
and sees the fallen man, and in turn fights with the victor
with swords and shields. The third man ultimately disarms
his opponent and stands victorious with his foot upon
the man's chest. -- "Sunny Africa, Eighth Avenue, New
York" takes place in an African-American dance hall. After
a dance number, a young man in a cap and striped shirt
sits for a drink with his female companion. He is soon
induced, however, to perform an energetic tap dance as
the other patrons watch and clap. When he is motioned
outside after the dance, an older suited gentleman notices
his absence and introduces himself to the young woman,
who invites him to sit down. They have a drink and are
dancing a lively cakewalk when the young man returns and
angrily breaks them apart. The two men draw large knives
and fight, until the woman and a waiter finally separate
them. Smiling, the young man and his lady cakewalk out
the door.


Part 3: "Sons of the Ould Sod" opens on a set of a two-story
tenement. A woman hangs clothes on a line from an upper
window as her husband returns home with a pail of beer.
The man next door--who, like the husband, is balding with
full sideburns and a beard--sits on a bench in front of
the building and reads a newspaper. The woman accidentally
drops a wet sheet on the neighbor's head, prompting a
battle of words and shaken fists between the angry man
on the street and her husband in the window above. When
the husband dumps what appears to be sawdust, the neighbor
retaliates by drenching him with a hose until the woman
breaks a barrel over his head. The husband comes downstairs
and the fight becomes a brawl between the two men. The
woman finally ends the battle by bringing out a bucket
of beer and pouring drinks for the weary men, who laugh
and toast each other. -- Closes with "America, The Land
of the Free," on a set of a grand staircase decorated
with various flags and the American eagle, and two large
U.S. flags draped on either side. In pairs, different
characters descend the staircase and happily introduce
themselves: a dark-haired man in uniform and a woman in
black lace (perhaps representing the French), a bearded
man in a different uniform and a woman in a white gown
(perhaps representing Russia), a very stout older gentleman
bearing the British flag on his shirt, and the Spaniard
and Mexican from the earlier scene. A young Native American
woman hurries down the stairs and kneels center stage
with her head bowed. Closes with two young U.S. soldiers
flanking the entrance of Uncle Sam, who is cheered by
all.







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