Best Movies of 1904

1.

The Great Train Robbery

3.1
6.9/10 IMDB

Remake of Edwin S. Porter's film of the same title.

Directed by: Sigmund Lubin, Siegmund Lubin
Release date: 1904-06-25
Best Movies of 1904 : An Interesting Story
2.

An Interesting Story

2.7
6.9/10 IMDB

The adventures of an inattentive man who can't look away from his book.

Directed by: James Williamson
Release date: 1904-10-01
3.

Maniac Chase

2.6
5.3/10 IMDB

A “madman” escapes prison and the torments of his warders.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1904-05-24
4.

Panorama View, Street Car Motor Room

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

A camera moving forward on an overhead crane gives a traveling view of men working on machinery. Carts carrying parts and pieces of machinery pass by on rails; cranes lift machinery; and men perform their various duties, including hammering objects. (Library of Congress)

Release date: 1904-05-22
Best Movies of 1904 : The Bold Bank Robbery
5.

The Bold Bank Robbery

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

A gang of criminals plans and executes the robbery of a bank in Philadelphia. However, the police are alerted and a chase through the city's streets ensues.

Directed by: Jack Frawley
Release date: 1904-09-21
6.

Princess Rajah Dance

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

A woman stands in front of a building, a chair to her left, dressed in black, full skirt, quarter sleeves, and a scooped bodice. Her hair is piled high. She bows slightly, and, with finger cymbals, begins to dance the cooch.

Starring: Princess Rajah ..
Release date: 1904-01-01
7.

Westinghouse Works

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

Billy Bitzer filmed 21 short actualities inside the Pittsburgh Westinghouse Works in April and May of 1904. Audiences of the day would have been treated to footage of factory panoramas, women winding armatures and turbines being assembled. These industrial films were produced for the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company.

Directed by: Billy Bitzer
Release date: 1904-01-01
Best Movies of 1904 : European Rest Cure
8.

European Rest Cure

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

An over-the-hill American tourist has a terrible time on his European "rest cure" vacation.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1904-09-01
9.

The Hero of Liao-Yang

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

Several Japanese youths are playing various games and enjoying some refreshments outdoors when a military courier arrives. The messenger asks for one of the young men, and gives him his orders. The young man puts on his uniform, leaves home, and reports to a unit in the field, where preparations are being made for a battle against the Russians. The young soldier is then sent on a dangerous but important mission.

Release date: 1904-09-22
10.

L'assassinat du ministre Plehve

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

The film depicts the assassination of the Russian minister in charge of the secret police.

Directed by: Lucien Nonguet
Release date: 1904-01-01
11.

Drat That Boy

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

A boy pulls a prank on his poor old mother.

Release date: 1904-01-01
Best Movies of 1904 : The Great Toronto Fire, Toronto, Canada, April 19, 1904
12.

The Great Toronto Fire, Toronto, Canada, April 19, 1904

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

The Great Toronto Fire was a devastating blaze that destroyed 122 buildings and put 5,000 people out of work. The fire started in a clothing warehouse on Wellington Street and quickly spread, gutting thirteen acres of Toronto's prime commercial district. Special trains brought hundreds of firefighters from as far as Buffalo, New York. There was only one person injured -- the Toronto fire chief. Amazed firefighters and onlookers watched photographer George Scott and his assistant set up in the thick of the fire and film the burning buildings on Front Street. One of the first big Canadian film scoops, Scott's film was distributed throughout Canada and the United States.

Release date: 1904-04-19
Best Movies of 1904 : The Fugitive Apparitions
13.

The Fugitive Apparitions

2.3
5.0/10 IMDB

A magician makes a woman appear and disappear.

Starring: Georges Méliès ..
Directed by: Georges Méliès
Release date: 1904-03-04
Best Movies of 1904 : Dog Factory
14.

Dog Factory

2.2
5.6/10 IMDB

A brief vaudeville-style demonstration of a "Dog Transformator," a machine that instantly turns dogs into sausages, and amazingly, sausages back into dogs.

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1904-05-11
15.

The Suburbanite

2.2
5.6/10 IMDB

A family moves out to the 'peaceful' suburbs where everything goes wrong, including the mother-in-law moving in.

Release date: 1904-11-12
16.

Panorama of Machine Co. Aisle

2.2
4.8/10 IMDB

A camera on an overhead crane travels down a large, long aisle where men are shown working on large machinery on either side. Carts carrying equipment are shown traveling on rails down the aisles. There are also men walking in the aisles. From Bitzer's Westinghouse Works series.

Directed by: Billy Bitzer
Release date: 1904-05-01
17.

Mr. Pecksniff Fetches the Doctor

2.2
4.8/10 IMDB

A husband rushes for a doctor and his wife has triplets.

Release date: 1904-08-01
Best Movies of 1904 : How a French Nobleman Got a Wife Through the 'New York Herald' Personal Columns
18.

How a French Nobleman Got a Wife Through the 'New York Herald' Personal Columns

2.1
5.2/10 IMDB

A French aristocrat, who has recently arrived in America, has placed a personal advertisement in the newspaper...

Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Release date: 1904-08-26
19.

Labor Day Parade

2.1
4.4/10 IMDB

Shows a parade through bunting-draped streets, probably in the town of Leominster, Mass.

Release date: 1904-11-01
Best Movies of 1904 : A Race for a Kiss
20.

A Race for a Kiss

2.1
5.0/10 IMDB

A woman agrees to kiss the winner of a race between a horse and a motorcar.

Directed by: Lewin Fitzhamon
Release date: 1904-11-28
Best Movies of 1904 : A Fire in a Burlesque Theatre
21.

A Fire in a Burlesque Theatre

2.1
4.3/10 IMDB

This short, otherwise unremarkable feature is of some interest because of the way that it unabashedly caters to the tastes that it perceived in its audiences. Besides combining the elements of the risqué 'blue' movies of the era with the popularity of movies about fires, it also attempted to use the combination to get extra mileage out of it. The movie's title summarises the setup, and most of the footage shows firefighters using ladders to rescue stage girls, clad in portions of their costumes, from an upper level. Although it all seems pretty tame by today's standards, it no doubt provided its male viewers with some brief moments of excitement as the various women hurried down the ladders with their costumes in disarray. (IMDb)

Release date: 1904-03-01
Best Movies of 1904 : A Railway Tragedy
22.

A Railway Tragedy

2.1
5.2/10 IMDB

A thief notices a large amount of money in a woman's purse. When she dozes off on the train, he snatches the cash. Discovering her purse empty, the woman confronts the pickpocket and his simple robbery escalates into a crime far more serious.

Release date: 1904-01-22
Best Movies of 1904 : The Bewitched Traveller
23.

The Bewitched Traveller

2.0
5.4/10 IMDB

A man preparing for a trip encounters a series of mysterious problems.

Directed by: Cecil M. Hepworth, Lewin Fitzhamon
Release date: 1904-08-12
Best Movies of 1904 : Meet Me at the Fountain
24.

Meet Me at the Fountain

2.0
4.6/10 IMDB

Frenchman Count Hardup advertises for a wife. He gets more than he bargained for when women start chasing him. He's caught by an old maid.

Starring: Gilbert Saroni ..
Directed by: Sigmund Lubin
Release date: 1904-11-01
Best Movies of 1904 : The Child Stealers
25.

The Child Stealers

2.0
4.2/10 IMDB

As a mother enters a store, she leaves her child outside in a carriage. Another woman standing nearby quickly snatches the child out of the carriage. Soon afterwards, another mother is playing with two children in the park, and when she leaves one of them unattended, her child is also seized by the same woman. These are only two of a number of children that an unscrupulous couple has captured for their own purposes.

Starring: Kenneth Barker ..
Directed by: William Barker
Release date: 1904-04-23
Best Movies of 1904 : Testing a Rotary
26.

Testing a Rotary

2.0
4.3/10 IMDB

A small group of men turn on what appears to be a generator. As the rotary spins, the men make adjustments to the machine and check its operations.

Release date: 1904-05-01
27.

Coil Winding Section E

1.9
4.1/10 IMDB

Rows of women are shown at tables with winding machines. They wind using material from spools behind them, apparently putting the finished products on the table in front of them. Various supervisory staff, male and female, walk through the aisles, checking the work of the women.

Release date: 1904-11-01
28.

The Kiddies and the Rabbits

1.9
4.2/10 IMDB

Kids playing with rabbits.

Release date: 1904-09-12
29.

Troubles of a Manager of a Burlesque Show

1.9
4.3/10 IMDB

Facing a stationary camera, sitting at a desk, a man works busily. Posters of burlesque queens are on the wall behind him. A single woman, followed later by later two others, comes into the office seeking a job. The manager hands each a box with a costume in it and points to dressing rooms. Each of the women has a different reaction when she discovers the nature of her costume, and the busy manager has a distinct response to each of the women as well.

Release date: 1904-01-01
30.

Pull Down the Curtain, Susie

1.8
4.7/10 IMDB

It's clearly set in a studio set and people are walking about on the "street" in front of a window. A woman enters the window frame, and pulls off her blouse, then a couple of other items of undergarments, while a young man pauses to look. At this point, as the title indicates, she pulls down the blinds.

Release date: 1904-01-30
Best Movies of 1904 : Girls Winding Armatures
31.

Girls Winding Armatures

1.8
4.2/10 IMDB

Numerous women sit in rows at machines where they appear to be winding some type of wire and tooling it onto machines. Two young men push spools of this wire down the aisle. Supervisors, male and female, walk down the aisle and observe the women's work, stopping for a while at one woman's station.

Release date: 1904-04-01
32.

Baignade impossible

1.5
4.6/10 IMDB

A man walks down to the water's edge, takes off his clothes and prepares to go for a swim.... only to find himself fully clothed. This happens again and again.

Directed by: Ferdinand Zecca
Release date: 1904-10-30
Best Movies of 1904 : Railroad Smashup
33.

Railroad Smashup

1.4
6.0/10 IMDB

A staged crash between two outmoded locomotives given to the Edison Co. by the Pennsylvania Railroad for the express purpose of destroying them.

Release date: 1904-11-12
34.

Lahury réserviste

1.4
5.1/10 IMDB

Dranem enters the barracks and takes off his field kit in preparation for some bunk time. However, every time he gets down to his skivvies, his field undress and pack reappear on him, ready for field maneuvers!

Starring: Dranem ..
Release date: 1904-10-25
Best Movies of 1904 : The Heathen Chinese and the Sunday School Teachers
35.

The Heathen Chinese and the Sunday School Teachers

1.3
4.8/10 IMDB

A couple of Sunday school teachers invite Chinese laundry workers to their session. In return the Chinese invite them to an opium den, where the devout schoolmarms quickly abandon their morals!

Release date: 1904-01-25
36.

The Lost Child

1.3
4.9/10 IMDB

A woman and her guests frantically search for her missing child, who is eventually found playing with her dog in the kennel.

Directed by: Wallace McCutcheon
Release date: 1904-10-01
Best Movies of 1904 : Poursuite accidentée
37.

Poursuite accidentée

1.3
5.4/10 IMDB

A man rides a bike into the water and two officers tries to help him.

Release date: 1904-12-13
38.

Perroquets savants

1.3
5.2/10 IMDB

Giovanni -- whoever he may be when he's not on the stage -- exhibits his trained birds in various feats of gymnastics and cuteness. I particularly like the one in which two birds pull another in a cart, while the passsenger waves a flag.

Release date: 1904-04-25
39.

As Seen on the Curtain

1.2
5.1/10 IMDB

A woman in a dressing gown peeks out her window and then pulls down the shade. She then takes off the gown and proceeds to put on clothes, offering a salacious hint.

Release date: 1904-01-21
40.

A Dance on the Pike

1.2
5.0/10 IMDB

A woman dressed as a Spanish dancer enters from the wings, camera right, and starts to dance. Her dancing consists of a series of high kicks, followed by a routine of handsprings, splits, and some contortionist positions. At the end, she takes a bow.

Release date: 1904-05-03
Best Movies of 1904 : A Cake Walk on the Beach at Coney Island
41.

A Cake Walk on the Beach at Coney Island

1.2
4.6/10 IMDB

People doing the Cake Walk dance on the Beach at Coney Island.

Directed by: Billy Bitzer
Release date: 1904-08-14
Best Movies of 1904 : Automobiling Among the Clouds
42.

Automobiling Among the Clouds

1.1
4.0/10 IMDB

A procession of American and European automobiles--including such makes as Daimlers, Mercedes, Stanley Steamers and Pierces-- drive up and down the steep roads on Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. Some of them struggle with the steep grade. A hiker persists in sequential shots. It's unknown whether the film was an attempt to document a race or rally, or merely present picturesque actuality. It's also been surmised that audiences of the day might have bet on the film's numbered cars.

Release date: 1904-08-01
Best Movies of 1904 : Westinghouse Employees, Westinghouse Works
43.

Westinghouse Employees, Westinghouse Works

1.1
3.6/10 IMDB

Employees leaving Westinghouse Works .

Release date: 1904-05-19
44.

A Couple of Lightweights at Coney Island

1.1
4.2/10 IMDB

Two kids having a boxing match at the beach.

Release date: 1904-04-30
45.

The Coney Island Beach Patrol

1.1
4.5/10 IMDB

Two small boys with policemen's hats and nightsticks are struggling with another small boy. The object of their struggle seems to be to arrest him. Approaching the camera from a distance are two men in bathing suits, pretending they are horses, and pulling what is supposed to be a patrol cart. The small culpit is put in the wagon and taken back to a tent on the sand. The tent bears the sign "police patrol headquarters."

Release date: 1904-04-25
46.

Sir Hiram Maxim's Captive Flying Machines

1.0
4.1/10 IMDB

It's one on those thingies you see at amusement parks. You get into a small gondola, the machine starts whirling about, and centrifugal force lifts the gondolas up in the air.

Release date: 1904-04-25
47.

Boxing Horses Luna Park, Coney Island

0.7
3.0/10 IMDB

Inside a boxing ring are two horses. Attendants put white bag-like objects on their forefeet. At a signal from the ringmaster, the two horses stand on their hind legs and start boxing.

Release date: 1904-07-25
48.

A Subject for the Rogue's Gallery

0.0
5.2/10 IMDB

In this one, we have a tracking shot, starting from a long distance into a close up as policemen restrain a woman for her mug shot -- and she does some mugging to enliven the piece.

Release date: 1904-02-24
49.

M. Lavelle, Physical Culture, no. 1

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

This is a single camera position film of muscle-flexing exercises by a professional physical culturist. The expansion, contraction, and flexing of the muscles and chest were done to display not only the prowess but also the control of the demonstrator.

Directed by: Frederick S. Armitage
Release date: 1904-01-01
50.

The Strike

0.0
6.1/10 IMDB

During a strike, several workers are killed in a confrontation. The wife of one of them kills the factory owner. At her trial, the owner's son asks for mercy, knowing that his father was wrong. Because of that the wife is freed.

Directed by: Ferdinand Zecca
Release date: 1904-09-29

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