Comedy (Sorted by Release Date Ascending)



1. Poor Pierrot (1892)

4 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

6.5
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One night, Arlequin come to see his lover Colombine. But then Pierrot knocks at the door and Colombine and Arlequin hide. Pierrot starts singing but Arlequin scares him and the poor man goes away.

Director: Émile Reynaud

Votes: 1,220

2. Blacksmith Scene (1893)

Unrated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

6.1
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Three men hammer on an anvil and pass a bottle of beer around.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Charles Kayser, John Ott

Votes: 1,948

3. The Boxing Cats (Prof. Welton's) (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Action, Comedy

5.8
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"A glove contest between trained cats. A very comical and amusing subject, and is sure to create a great laugh." (by Edison Films)

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Star: Henry Welton

Votes: 939

4. Glenroy Bros., No. 2 (1894)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.1
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The Glenroy Brothers perform a portion of their vaudeville act, "The Comic View of Boxing: The Tramp & the Athlete".

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Stars: The Glenroy Brothers, Thomas Glenroy, William Glrenroy

Votes: 369

5. Chinese Laundry Scene (1894)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.6
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The pursuit of Hop Lee by an irate policeman.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Stars: Phil Doreto, Robetta

Votes: 419

6. Band Drill (1894)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

4.3
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A scene from Charles Hoyt's 'A Milk White Flag': A brass band marches out, led by bandmaster Steele Ayers. When Ayers reaches his position, he turns around and directs the musicians as they take up their own positions.

Directors: William K.L. Dickson, William Heise | Stars: Fred W. Boardman, William Cushing, Ad Dorsch, E.P. Brown

Votes: 406

7. Topack and Steele (1894)

Comedy, Short

3.7
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Lively political debate, representing [Grover] Cleveland and [Benjamin] Harrison.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: George W. Steele, George Topack

Votes: 16

8. Transformation by Hats, Comic View (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy

6.3
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The transformation of the same character in six different characters. A vision of the act of transformation.

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Félicien Trewey

Votes: 946

9. Dr. Colton or Dentist Scene (1895)

Not Rated | Short, Comedy

3.7
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See Dr. Colton administering "laughing gas" to a patient and then pulling a tooth.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Gardner Quincy Colton

Votes: 10

10. The Mechanical Butcher (1895)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Sci-Fi

5.9
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A butcher puts a full-grown live pig into his large box-like machine. Moments later, he draws out a full range of pork products, many already packaged for sale.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 674

11. Robetta and Doretto, No. 1 (1895)

Comedy, Short

5.5
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Scene represents section of the interior of a Chinese Opium Den.

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Phil Doreto, Robetta

Votes: 37

12. The Sprinkler Sprinkled (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

7.1
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An impudent child plays a prank on a gardener innocently watering his plants.

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: François Clerc, Benoît Duval

Votes: 4,139

13. Trick Riding (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

5.5
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A man tries to get on a horse , but he climbs to one side and falls from the other, until he manages to stay in balance.

Director: Louis Lumière

Votes: 796

14. Photographe (1895)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

5.7
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A photographer has his camera all set up to take a gentleman's picture. The subject checks his face in a hand mirror, and the photographer poses him. Just as the photographer is about to ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Stars: Auguste Lumière, Clément Maurice

Votes: 363

15. Robetta and Doretto, No. 3 (1895)

Comedy, Short

3.5
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Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Phil Doreto, Robetta

Votes: 25

16. Watermelon Contest (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

4.2
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Two men have a contest to see which one can be the first to eat a large slice of watermelon.

Director: James H. White

Votes: 206

17. Arroseur et arrosé (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

6.2
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A household gardener is outside watering the garden. Unknown to him, the son of another servant sneaks up behind him and steps on the hose, stopping the flow of water. The befuddled ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Doublier

Votes: 492

18. Bataille de femmes (1896)

1 min | Short, Action, Comedy

5.4
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The first brunette is outdoors, sweeping the street or a patio in front of a white wall, well lighted by the sunshine coming from the top left of the fixed camera; we may assume she is the ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Lumière | Star: Auguste Lumière

Votes: 158

19. Géant et nain (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.2
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Votes: 81

20. The Bad Boy and the Gardener (1896)

Comedy, Short

5.1
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A lady watering the garden with a hose, a mischievous boy stops the flow of water until she looks for the cause, when he permits the water to flow, resulting in the lady taking an ... See full summary »

Director: James H. White

Votes: 61

21. The Soldier's Courtship (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

4.6
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Director: Alfred Moul | Stars: Fred Storey, Julie Seale, Ellen Daws

Votes: 43

22. Golfing Extraordinary, Five Gentlemen (1896)

Short, Comedy, Sport

5.7
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Director: Birt Acres

Votes: 11

23. Irish Way of Discussing Politics (1896)

Short, Comedy

2.9
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This is a typical Irish argument in which a can of beer, clay pipes and two sons of Erin form the principal parts.

Director: James H. White

Votes: 16

24. Landing at Low Tide (1896)

Short, Comedy

3.8
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Brighton. Landing of party from small boat with comic incidents.

Director: Birt Acres

Votes: 10

25. The Tea Party (1896)

Short, Comedy

3.8
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Ladies and gentlemen have tea and one upsets table.

Votes: 10

26. A Surrey Garden (1896)

Short, Comedy

4.6
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Boy tricks gardener by stepping off the hose, then releasing water.

Director: Birt Acres

Votes: 14

27. The Twins' Tea Party (1896)

1 min | Comedy, Short

5.2
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One of the prettiest pictures of child life we have yet offered. Two pretty children are seated in their high chairs playing "Tea Party" with their dishes arranged about them. They become ... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 168

28. Two AM; or, The Husband's Return (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.2
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Husband comes home late and wakes the wife.

Director: Robert W. Paul | Stars: Paul Clerget, Miss Ross-Selwicke

Votes: 131

29. A Hard Wash (1896)

Comedy, Short

4.9
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"A colored woman washing a little pickaninny. Very funny, and especially pleasing to children."

Director: William K.L. Dickson

Votes: 22

30. Lone Fisherman (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Comedy, Short

5.1
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"Depicts the patient fisherman, sitting on the end of a plank, waiting for a bite. Practical joker comes along and removes stone from other end of plank."

Director: James H. White

Votes: 234

31. Joueurs de cartes arrosés (1896)

1 min | Comedy, Short

5.5
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Two men get into a fight over a card game.

Votes: 88

32. Children in the Nursery (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

4.5
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Children fight with pillows.

Votes: 11

33. A Morning Bath (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

4.4
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"Mammy is washing her little pickaninny. She thrusts him, kicking and struggling, into a tub full of foaming suds." - from the Edison Catalog

Director: James H. White

Votes: 408

34. The Tramp: Milk White Flag (1896)

Comedy, Short

3.9
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Director: William K.L. Dickson | Star: Lew Bloom

Votes: 8

35. Gestoorde hengelaar (1896)

Short, Comedy

3.0
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Directors: M.H. Laddé, J.W. Merkelbach

Votes: 6

36. The Drunken Acrobat (1896)

Comedy, Short

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"O'Brien and Havel, the well-known vaudeville team, in one of their most humorous sketches."

37. Comic Costume Race (1896)

1 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

5.1
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Amongst the most interesting of these is that representing the scene of the music hall sports at Herne-Hill. The particular event depicted is the costume race, and the manner in which the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert W. Paul

Votes: 128

38. Watering the Flowers (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.6
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This lost film presumably features a person watering flowers to comedic effect. This film is believed to have imitated the Louis and Auguste Lumière film "L'arroseur arrose", which survives.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 52

39. Les tribulations d'un concierge (I) (1896)

Short, Comedy

4.5
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Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 12

40. A Terrible Night (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

5.8
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A man tries to get a good night's sleep, but is disturbed by a giant spider that leaps onto his bed, and a battle ensues in hilarious comic fashion.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 984

41. A Badly Managed Hotel (1896)

Short, Comedy

4.2
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Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 10

42. The Prodigal's Return; 3 a.m. (1896)

Short, Comedy

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"Return of the clubman after a big time at the club. His efforts to undress and get into bed are very laughable."

43. Sack Race (1896)

1 min | Comedy, Short

5.1
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"A number of boys bound to the neck in sacks, racing for prize. There are several falls and many comical antics."

Votes: 29

44. Why Papa Cannot Sleep (1896)

Short, Comedy

4.3
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"Shows papa walking the floor with a crying baby in his arms. An exceedingly laughable subject."

Votes: 29

45. An Up-to-Date Dentist (1896)

Short, Comedy

4.3
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Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 11

46. The Rag Picker (1896)

Short, Comedy

4.5
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Little is known about this lost film, other than its comedic intent.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 13

47. Interrupted Lover (1896)

1 min | Comedy, Short

4.7
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A pair of bucolic lovers discovered by the wrathful father, who teaches the gallant a lesson.

Votes: 263

48. Pat vs. Populist (1896)

Short, Comedy

4.4
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Pat ascends a ladder with a hod of bricks. Is approached by a Populist politician. Shows his displeasures by dropping bricks on the politician.

Director: James H. White

Votes: 8

49. Telephone Appointment (1896)

Short, Comedy

4.0
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Director: James H. White

Votes: 6

50. Patineur grotesque (1896)

1 min | Short, Comedy

5.6
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Director: Marius Sestier

Votes: 140


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