Best Movies of 1903

1.

The Great Train Robbery

5.2
7.3/10
The Great Train Robbery
The clerk at the train station is assaulted and left tied by four men, then they rob the train threatening the operator. (They) take all the money and shoot a passenger when trying to run away. A little girl discovers the clerk tied and gives notice to the sheriff, who at once goes along with his men hunting the bandits.
Starring: A.C. Abadie, Gilbert M. Anderson, George Barnes, Justus D. Barnes, Walter Cameron
Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1903-12-01
2.

Life of an American Fireman

3.4
6.4/10
Life of an American Fireman
Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire. They leave the station with their horse drawn pumper, arrive on the scene, and effect the safe rescue of a woman from the burning house. But wait, she tells them of her child yet asleep in the burning bedroom...
Starring: Vivian Vaughan, Arthur White, James H. White, Edwin S. Porter
Directed by: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter, James H. White
Release date: 1903-01-21
3.

Alice in Wonderland

3.4
6.3/10
Alice in Wonderland
This is the first movie version of the famous story. Alice dozes in a garden, awakened by a dithering white rabbit in waistcoat with pocket watch. She follows him down a hole and finds herself in a hall of many doors.
Starring: May Clark, Cecil M. Hepworth, Mrs. Hepworth, Norman Whitten, Stanley Faithfull
Directed by: Cecil M. Hepworth, Percy Stow
Release date: 1903-10-17
4.

The Divorce

2.9
3.5/10
A husband walks out on his wife, leaving an incriminating letter behind. She hires a detective, who discovers the husband in a compromising position with another woman.
Release date: 1903-01-01
5.

Skyscrapers of New York City, from the North River

2.5
5.9/10
A beautiful panoramic view of lower New York from Barclay Street to Battery Park, showing a beautiful stereoscopic effect of the sky-scrapers in the business section of the city.
Directed by: J.B. Smith
Release date: 1903-05-01
6.

The Gay Shoe Clerk

2.4
5.7/10
The Gay Shoe Clerk
Young lady and chaperone enter. A fresh young clerk is trying a pair of high-heeled slippers on the young lady. She raises her dress seductively, showing a shapely ankle to him. He becomes flustered and goes in for a kiss.
Starring: Edward Boulden
Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1903-08-12
7.

Move On

2.2
4.9/10
Move On
In certain sections of New York City large numbers of Jewish and Italian push-cart vendors congregate so closely along the sidewalks that they interfere with traffic. Policemen keep them moving. The picture shows how the frightened peddlers hurry away when a bluecoat appears. Some of the carts are piled high with fruits of all kinds, and it is interesting and amusing to see the expressions of combined fear and anxiety on the faces of the men as they hurry away; the fear of being arrested if they stand, and of losing some of their wares if the carts strike an obstruction in the street. Very fine photographically. (Edison film company catalog)
Directed by: A.C. Abadie
Release date: 1903-10-11
8.

The Three Musketeers

1.0
4.0/10
The Three Musketeers
The adventures of D'Artagnan
Release date: 1903-01-01
9.

The Forbidden City, Pekin

0.0
4.9/10
Panoramic view of the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), Peking, China.
Release date: 1903-08-19
10.

Life of an English Fireman

0.0
0/10
Firemen are awakened by an alarm, drive through London and rescue fire victims.
Release date: 1903-05-01
11.

Weary Willie and Tired Tim: The Gunpowder Plot

0.0
0/10
Tramps stick a hot poker in a barrel labelled beer but containing gunpowder.
Directed by: William Haggar
Release date: 1903-04-01
12.

A Daring Daylight Burglary

0.0
6.1/10
A Daring Daylight Burglary
A thief jumps a fence and removes the shutter from a house. He enters, but a lad who's witnessed the crime runs off to hail the coppers. The first officer on the scene climbs the fence, enters the house, and is soon fighting with the thief on the roof. The cop is injured and requires an ambulance. Meanwhile, the thief flees, pursued by more men in blue.
Directed by: Frank S. Mottershaw
Release date: 1903-04-01
13.

East Lynne

0.0
0/10
An short film adaptation of the novel by Ellen Wood.
Release date: 1903-01-01
14.

Seeing New York by Yacht

0.0
4.8/10
Seeing New York by Yacht
Seeing New York by Yacht.
Directed by: Frederick S. Armitage, A.E. Weed
Release date: 1903-09-22
15.

The Revolving Table

0.0
4.9/10
A diner revolves the table and eats his neighbour's lunch.
Directed by: Percy Stow
Release date: 1903-07-08
16.

Fireboat 'New Yorker' Answering an Alarm

0.0
3.7/10
This picture gives a good idea of how soon one of the New York fireboats can be gotten under way after they receive an alarm of fire...
Directed by: J.B. Smith
Release date: 1903-05-22
17.

The Sick Kitten

0.0
5.8/10
The Sick Kitten
A simple scene of two rather flamboyantly-dressed Edwardian children attempting to feed a spoonful of medicine to a sick kitten. The film is important for being one of the earliest films to cut to a close-up, then back again to the same medium shot as before.
Directed by: George Albert Smith
Release date: 1903-12-31
18.

A Total Accident

0.0
0/10
Showing the entire catastrophe resulting from the attempt of Mr. Gorham to ride around the loop the loop on a bicycle. While the enormous crowd watches him he comes down the slide with the speed of the wind, circles the loop, but as he nears the bottom his wheel swerves from the path and the rider crashes into the framework of the structure. Attendants rush up and carry away the injured man. (Biograph Catalog)
Starring: William Gorham
Directed by: Wallace McCutcheon
Release date: 1903-07-31

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