Retrospective documentary tracing the development of moving pictures.
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"King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra with the King and Queen of Italy." Brief shot of royalty sitting together. Shots of the King and colleagues out hunting for game. The Duke of York, later to be George V was amongst the shooting party. The Royal Family "at home amongst friends." The shooting party look at their catch.
"If We Only Knew" - a drama played by Blanche Sweet as the Mother, Henry B. Walthall as the Father, Harry Carey as the sailor who acts all over the screen." A sentimental, heart rending film involving a small child getting slapped (loud sound effect!), scolded by her nanny, dressed up, playing in the garden by herself etc. Obviously a neglected child. She pushes her dolly's pram through the garden and onto a beach where she plays with a bucket and spade. She climbs into a boat moored at the water's edge. The nanny suddenly notices her absence and panics, other staff from the house go to look for her. The tide comes in and the boat moves out to see. The parents arrive home and go down onto the beach looking for the child. They find her pram but not the girl. They go back to the house in despair. The women start to cry. The girl drifts out to see and is found by two men in a small fishing boat. Fisherman takes the girl back to his home. Dramatic shot of the mother walking out into the sea fully clothed with her arms extended in despair. Husband runs and stops her. Mother talks to a priest. Meanwhile the little girl seems happy in her new home. The fisherman whose boat went adrift with the girl aboard finds his boat and goes back to the nice fisherman's house. He takes the girl away from her new nice family (pretending she is his own presumably). The mother cries. He puts the girl in his boat again. The girl's mother is seen looks out of a window upon which the following words appear: "If we knew the baby's fingers pressed against the window pane, Would be cold and stiff tomorrow never trouble us again, Would the bright eyes of our darling catch the frown upon our brow, Would the prints of rosy fingers, cover us then as they do now."
The boat is rowed towards the shore. The parents run towards the girl and embrace her and the fisherman.
"The Entente Cordiale" - Various shots of the French President - Lebrun (?) arriving in London.
"and the inspection, by the Tsar, of cadets for the Russian Army" - various shots of men on horseback on parade.
Kaiser's visit to England on the Berengaria (previously the Imperator) - various shots.
"Leap Year Proposals" - silent Vitagraph comedy featuring John Bunny, Flora Finch and Lillian Walker. Bunny gets down on his knees and proposes to Lillian Walker who laughs in his face. Flora Finch is in love with Bunny but he doesn't feel the same way about her. She proposes to him but when he sees her face he declines. Suggestion being that she is too ugly. Bunny has a snooze. We see his dream. Flora comes out of the fireplace and pursues him. Another man has to restrain her. A masked robber jumps through a window into Bunny's bedroom. He sits on the bed and the robber emerges, it is Flora again, trying to get him to marry her. Bunny's friend throws her out of the window.
"Broncho Billy and the Claim-Jumpers featuring G.M. Anderson." Silent Essanay Wild West drama (c1910). Broncho chats up the heroine Nell whilst his friend Mike goes into a saloon for a few drinks. He climbs aboard the wagon and they head off. They arrive at Prospect Gulch. Broncho alights from the wagon. Nell smiles at him as she is driven off by Mike. Broncho strikes gold but some villains see this and decide to rob Broncho.
Broncho mails a letter to his girlfriend but meanwhile the villains are up to no good. They go into the claim office and make a claim before Broncho can. Broncho hands his love letter to the man on the mail carriage. The villains have a plan to poison Mike. They approach the barman and ask him to help them with their plan, he wants a cut of the money. They shake hands. Mike, Nell and Broncho meet up once more. The poisoner sniffs the poison and then spikes Mike's drink. Mike drinks it.
The villains ride back to the seam of gold and replace Broncho's claim paper with their own. Broncho and Nell sit on the cart and flirt with each other. The heavies saddle up and ride to the claim office. Mike begins to suffer the effects of the poison "for the first time in his life he calls for water." The barman lays Mike down on a bed out back, Nell jumps down off the cart and rushes to Mike's aid. The villains ride through the countryside. Broncho and Nell climb aboard the cart and ride off. A chase ensues, the villains chase Broncho. Nell jumps down and into the claims office. Broncho stands guard. Little Nell saves the day and Broncho's claim is made.
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