Best Comedy Movies of 1901


The Big Swallow

6.9/10 IMDB

A man, objecting to being filmed, comes closer and closer to the camera lens until his mouth is all we see. Then he opens wide and swallows camera and cinematographer. He steps back, chews, and grins.

Starring: Sam Dalton ..
Directed by: James Williamson
Release date: 1901-10-15

Artistic Creation

6.5/10 IMDB

An artist draws the head of a pretty girl, takes the drawing off the paper and places it on a small table, turning the image into the head of a real woman. He then continuous drawing the lady, one body part after the other.

Directed by: Walter R. Booth
Release date: 1901-01-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1901 : The Magician's Cavern

The Magician's Cavern

6.2/10 IMDB

A very enthusiastic magician performs several tricks.

Starring: Georges Méliès ..
Directed by: Georges Méliès
Release date: 1901-01-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1901 : What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City

What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City

5.8/10 IMDB

A street level view from the sidewalk, looking along the length of 23rd Street. Following actuality footage of pedestrians and street traffic, the actors, a man in summer attire and a woman in an ankle-length dress, walk toward the camera.

Starring: A.C. Abadie, Florence Georgie ..
Directed by: Edwin S. Porter, George S. Fleming
Release date: 1901-07-31
Best Comedy Movies of 1901 : The Countryman and the Cinematograph

The Countryman and the Cinematograph

5.8/10 IMDB

A satire on the way that audiences unaccustomed to the cinema didn't know how to react to the moving images on a screen - in this film, an unsophisticated (and stereotypical) country yokel is alternately baffled and terrified, in the latter case by the apparent approach of a steam train.

Directed by: Robert W. Paul
Release date: 1901-01-01

Stop Thief!

5.6/10 IMDB

A lad from a butcher shop is carrying a tray laden with a roast or a leg of lamb. A hobo grabs it and runs. The boy gives chase, joined by dogs, as neighbors watch the spectacle. The hobo jumps into a large rain barrel, followed by the dogs.

Starring: Sam Dalton ..
Directed by: James Williamson
Release date: 1901-01-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1901 : A Holiday Pageant at Home

A Holiday Pageant at Home

4.6/10 IMDB

A few days before the Christmas holiday, a large family decides to put on a home-made play as part of their holiday together. The mother writes the play, and the children practice it. When they are ready, they enact first a prologue and then the play.

Release date: 1901-10-31
Best Comedy Movies of 1901 : Dream and Reality

Dream and Reality

5.1/10 IMDB

A well-dressed, middle-aged man is enjoying a drink at a table with a pretty young woman. He flirts with her, and she seems not to mind his attentions. But is it all too good to be true?

Directed by: Ferdinand Zecca
Release date: 1901-01-01

The Trick Cyclist

5.0/10 IMDB

Shows a tramp enter and try to ride a wheel, from which he makes some very ludicrous falls and gives up in despair, after which an artist enters and jumps rope on a wheel. A very laughable subject.

Directed by: Thomas A. Edison
Release date: 1901-09-21

Kansas Saloon Smashers

4.9/10 IMDB

A gilded saloon, with a fancy bar, forms the background. A nobby bartender with white coat and apron is dispensing drinks to customers. Behind him are polished plate glass mirrors. A comical Irishman enters, sets a huge pail on the bar to be filled, and while he is drinking a glass of foam beer, Mrs. Nation and her followers enter with their hatchets. One of the women jams the Irishman's stiff hat down over his eyes and another one douses him with his own pail of beer. They then wreck the saloon and smash the mirrors, bottles, cash register and bar fixtures. The bartender plays a stream of seltzer water on Mrs. Nation, and as she backs away from behind the counter, a policeman enters and hustles everybody out. Full of comedy from start to finish. (Edison Catalog)

Starring: Carrie Nation ..
Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1901-03-16

Two Rubes at the Theatre

4.5/10 IMDB

This picture shows the interior of a well-known theatre. Two hayseeds occupy the front seats and an idea can be gained of the merits of the play by their facial expressions. They indulge in peanuts and apples during the performance, to the amusement of the occupants of the seats surrounding them. Excruciatingly funny.

Release date: 1901-03-23

A Political Discussion

4.6/10 IMDB

A political quarrel between two men that ends in laughter.

Directed by: Ferdinand Zecca
Release date: 1901-12-01
Best Comedy Movies of 1901 : Mister Moon

Mister Moon

5.5/10 IMDB

Likely a popular routine from Percy Honri's musical theatre show. His face is seen poking through a blackout curtain, made up as the man in the moon. A hat and puppet body appears, strumming a ukulele.

Starring: Percy Honri ..
Release date: 1901-01-01

The Old Maid in the Horsecar

5.1/10 IMDB

A female impersonator giggles and flirts. By the following decade, many female impersonators would be shown doing their acts on the stage and in the movies; the Eltinge Theater on 42nd Street in New York is named for Julian Eltinge, the most famous of them. This was probably the earliest "name" example for the movies. Gilbert Saroni plays an exceedingly ugly woman who coyly flirts with her fan.

Starring: Gilbert Saroni ..
Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1901-01-01

Une nuit terrible

4.8/10 IMDB

A man tries to climb ito bed to get a night's sleep. Every time he does, the bed suddenly is someplace else and he falls on the floor.

Release date: 1901-12-13

L'eau merveilleuse

5.6/10 IMDB

A man sees his head go from bald to full of long, luxurious hair in this delightful trick film.

Release date: 1901-04-25

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