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Uploaded on Apr 3, 2011
Scene from the New York stage comedy, The widow Jones, in which Irwin and Rice starred. According to Edison film historian C. Musser, the actors staged their kiss for the camera at the request of the New York world newspaper, and the resulting film was the most popular Edison Vitascope film in 1896.
This is the first ever moving picture image of a kiss. It was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. There is a longer Edison film of a kiss, filmed in 1900, that has at times been confused with this one.
CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1896.
Filmed April 1896, in Edison's Black Maria studio.