Running Time: One Minute

2 A.M. in the Subway
K: G.W. “Billy” Bitzer. P: American Mutoscope & Biograph. USA 1905
Print: Library of Congress

“On May 21, 1905, Billy Bitzer had made his film Interior N.Y. subway, 14th St. to 42nd St. from the front of a New York City Subway car; at that point the Subway itself had been open only seven months. The very day that subject was submitted for copyright, this one was made at the Biograph studio; it was copyrighted on 20 June. Although the six actors involved are unidentified, the action is obviously tightly coordinated in order to get all of the action into such a short subject. AM&B sent two paper prints of this film for copyright, and the better of the two copies was rephotographed for preservation.”

>>> Interior N.Y. subway, 14th St. to 42nd St. on this site: Railways, Subways, Phantom Rides-02