Friday, January 6, 2012

Pity the Blind, No. 2 - 1904

Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: February 1904 (USA)
Filming Locations: Biograph Studio, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Production Co: American Mutoscope & Biograph
Runtime: 1 min
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Genres: Short
A small stage has a backdrop of a city street, sidewalks, a park, and buildings. From stage right, a boy leads a blind man onto the stage, helps him kneel with his hat and cane in front of him. The boy hands a sign, "pity the blind" around the man's neck and leaves. A fellow in a bowler hat passes by, dropping a coin in the blind man's hat. Then two well-dressed women enter, talking. They stop; one fishes a coin out of her purse for the blind man; the other asks her friend to keep a look out for passersby, as she lifts her skirt to adjust her garter and hose. Someone watches with delight.

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