Best Movies of 1904
The Great Train Robbery
Remake of Edwin S. Porter's film of the same title.
An Interesting Story
The adventures of an inattentive man who can't look away from his book.
A “madman” escapes prison and the torments of his warders.
Panorama View, Street Car Motor Room
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)
Princess Rajah Dance
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.
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.
The story of Christopher Columbus.
L'assassinat du ministre Plehve
The film depicts the assassination of the Russian minister in charge of the secret police.
Drat That Boy
A boy pulls a prank on his poor old mother.
The Great Toronto Fire, Toronto, Canada, April 19, 1904
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.