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Turning the Tables1903

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In August, after filming at Coney Island, A. C. Abadie retreated again to Wilmington, where he filmed outdoor scenes for N. Dushane Cloward. Cloward, a traveling exhibitor who played churches and noncommercial venues during the theatrical season, opened a motion picture show in Brandywine Springs Park for the summer of 1903. He arranged with the Edison Company to take local views that would attract patrons to his theater. Cloward had Abadie photograph a baby review and a Maypole dance on August 21. Together, they organized the filming of TURNING THE TABLES and TUB RACE at the local swimming hole. In the former, a policeman tries to chase a group of boys out of a forbidden swimming hole, but finds himself pushed into the water instead. The naughty boys break the law, but the law has to pay rather than the boys.

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Classic and charming short. Inspiring on so many levels.

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If a photograph is worth a thousand words, then films such as this are worth millions. Take a step back in time and check out the scenes of early America.