Best Movies of 1901

1.

The Big Swallow

3.5
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
Best Movies of 1901 : Demolishing and Building Up the Star Theatre
2.

Demolishing and Building Up the Star Theatre

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Time-lapse photography showing the one month-long demolition of the Star Theatre in New York.

Directed by: Frederick S. Armitage
Release date: 1901-04-29
3.

The Waif and the Wizard

2.8
5.8/10 IMDB

The Waif and the Wizard features the same young man who appeared in Undressing Extraordinary (and who might be early filmmaker Walter Booth). It's another early example of a two-shot film along the lines of Paul's earlier film Come Along Do!. The young man plays a magician who, after completing his act, agrees to go home with the young boy from the audience who helped him perform his tricks. At the boy's home he finds a sick sister and a worried mother being threatened with eviction by her landlord.

Directed by: Walter R. Booth
Release date: 1901-09-01
4.

The Magic Sword

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

On the roof of an ancient palace appear a young Knight and his lady. While they are making love an ugly old witch appears and is rather troublesome. The Knight commands her to leave, and when he is about to force her away she sits on her broom and rises to the moon. After disappearing she causes various hob-goblins to haunt the pair, the last of them stealing away the lady while the Knight's back is turned. The Knight, frantic with grief, is suddenly confronted by a Fairy, who presents him with a magical sword, and tells him that he can use it to regain the young woman.

Directed by: Walter R. Booth
Release date: 1901-01-01
Best Movies of 1901 : Fire!
5.

Fire!

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Firefighters ring for help, and here comes the ladder cart; they hitch a horse to it. A second horse-drawn truck joins the first, and they head down the street to a house fire. Inside a man sleeps, he awakes amidst flames and throws himself back on the bed. In comes a firefighter, hosing down the blaze. He carries out the victim, down a ladder to safety. Other firefighters enter the house to save belongings, and out comes one with a baby. The saved man rejoices, but it's not over yet.

Directed by: James Williamson
Release date: 1901-10-15
Best Movies of 1901 : The Georgetown Loop
6.

The Georgetown Loop

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Railroad from Georgetown to Silver Plume, Colorado.

Directed by: Billy Bitzer
Release date: 1901-07-01
Best Movies of 1901 : History of a Crime
7.

History of a Crime

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

A convicted criminal dreams about his past the night before his execution.

Starring: Jean Liézer, Bretteau, Ferdinand Zecca ..
Directed by: Ferdinand Zecca
Release date: 1901-04-30
8.

The Magician's Cavern

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A very enthusiastic magician performs several tricks.

Starring: Georges Méliès ..
Directed by: Georges Méliès
Release date: 1901-01-01
Best Movies of 1901 : What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City
9.

What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City

2.5
5.7/10 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 Movies of 1901 : The Haunted Curiosity Shop
10.

The Haunted Curiosity Shop

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

An old proprietor is startled and haunted by the strange happenings inside his curiosity shop.

Directed by: Walter R. Booth
Release date: 1901-01-01

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