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Appendix C
Credits and Key To Quotations in the Documentary Film Before the Nickelodeon: the Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter

Readers may be interested in a film produced by the author, titled as above. It is available in film and video formats through First Run Features, 153 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10014 (tel: 212-243-0600). The film is also distributed by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The film was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. A New York-Hollywood Feature Film Production.

The film and the book form a matching pair, so to speak; quotes used in the film also appear in this book, where their source is fully identified. They, along with additional information, are provided for convenient reference below.


Blanche Sweet


Charles Musser (with Edwin Porter)

Executive Producer

Stephen Brier


Warren D. Leight and Charles Musser

Associate Producer and Photocolorist:

Elizabeth Lennard

Assistant Director:

Rick King


Rob Issen (stills)


Suzanne Williamson


Eileen Bowser, Nancy Musser, Robert Rosen, and Robert Sklar

Technical Advisor:

John E. Allen, Jr.

Sound Effects:

Bill Uttley




Thomas A. Edison:

Jay Leyda

p. 29

Porter's Naval Record:

Robert Sklar

p. 27

The Corbett-Courtney Fight :

Rob Issen

p. 48

Vitascope's Opening Night:

Robert Rosen

pp. 60-61

May Irwin Kiss review:

Mitchell Kriegman

pp. 80, 83

Eden Musee/War Films:

Peter Davis

pp. 132, 135-36

Film as a Visual Newspaper:

D.A. Pennebaker

p. 163

The Capture of the Biddle Brothers :

Milos Forman

pp. 193-94

Terrible Teddy, the Grizzly King :

Warren D. Leight

pp. 169-170

Sampson-Schley Controversy :

Rick King

p. 182

Fighting the Flames :

Tony Potter

p. 521 n. 13

Méliès catalog:

Louis Malle

p. 240

Jack and the Beanstalk Promo:

Robert Altman

p. 205





Jack and the Beanstalk :

Jim Walton

pp. 202-5

Edwin S. Porter:

Charles Musser

p. 209

Edison Studio:

Michael Peyser

p. 386

Rescued from an Eagle's Nest review:

Grahame Weinbren

p. 410

Edwin S. Porter:

Charles Musser

pp. 450

Adolph Zukor:

Stephen Brier

p. 471

In some cases quotes were combined and/or slightly altered to fit the film and the speaker.

The following complete films appear in the documentary :

Mr. Edison at Work in His Chemical Laboratory (1897)

The Corbett-Courtney Fight (one round) (1894)

May Irwin Kiss (1896)

Wreck of the Battleship "Maine" (1898)

Kansas Saloon Smashers (1901)

The Capture of the Biddle Brothers (1902)

The Finish of Bridget McKeen (1901)

Terrible Teddy, the Grizzly King (1901)

Sampson-Schley Controversy (1901)

The Execution of Czolgosz (1901)

Elephants Shooting the Chutes, Luna Park, Coney Island, No. 2 (1904)

Appointment by Telephone (1902)

Jack and the Beanstalk (1902)

How They Do Things on the Bowery (1902)

Life of An American Fireman (1902-3)


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