Early Film Titles

I'm a bit of a film buff, and I watch this hilarious web series called Welcome to the Basement. In their latest video here (around minute 9) they watch the early silent film "The Great Train Robbery" (1903) directed by Edwin S. Porter. Porter directed hundreds of films and shorts around the turn of the century, most of which have priceless titles: they're overly descriptive, strange non sequiturs, or have a completely different connotation today. From them, I have compiled this list of the best:

Uncle Josh's Nightmare
Uncle Josh in a Spooky Hotel

The Donkey Party
Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog
How the Dutch Beat the Irish
The Tramp's Strategy that Failed
Esquimoux [Eskimo] Leap-Frog (cinematographer)

Babies Rolling Eggs
The Burlesque Suicide
The Burlesque Suicide, No. 2

New York City Dumping Wharf
New York City 'Ghetto' Fish Market
The Gay Shoe Clerk

'Weary Willie' Kidnaps a Child
Scarecrow Pump
The Strenuous Life; or, Anti-Race Suicide
Buster Makes Room for his Mama at the Bargain Counter (cinematographer)

The Electric Mule (cinematographer)

Police Chasing Scorching Auto
Dream of a Rarebit Fiend

A Yankee Man-o-Warsman's Fight for Love
A Sculptor's Welsh Rabbit Dream (cinematographer)

The Doctored Dinner Pail

All on Account of a Laundry Mark
Russia, The Land of Oppression
The Cowpuncher's Glove

I swear to god, all of these titles are real. You can check them out, and more, on his IMDB page here.

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