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The Death of Poor Joe (1901)

A child-crossing sweeper dies in the snow.


George Albert Smith (as G.A. Smith)


Charles Dickens (novel)


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Credited cast:
Laura Bayley Laura Bayley ... Joe (as Mrs. George Albert Smith)
Tom Green Tom Green ... Night Watchman


A child-crossing sweeper dies in the snow.

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Short | Drama







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March 1901 (UK) See more »

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Man Meets a Ragged Boy See more »

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The Dickens You Say!
9 March 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Here we have the earliest surviving film version of a Dickens work, an incident from BLEAK HOUSE.... perhaps. Bits of OLIVER TWIST on screen date from 1897, but they are lost; the 1901 version of A CHISTMAS CAROL does what it can in a couple of minutes, which is not much, unless you know the work.

This one is only a couple of minutes, and its events are pretty much summed up in the title. It's done in one shot, clearly on a stage. It's about as uncinematic as you can get, even for the era. Nonetheless, we'll call it interesting from a historic viewpoint. Dickens stuff translates very well to the screen because his style of story-telling became the model. His work was strongly influenced by the magic lantern, the cinema's precursor and a source of many of its techniques. Nonetheless, unless you are a deep-dyed film history fan, this is not for you.

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