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Possible sequel to Exit of Rip and the Dwarf
Horst_In_Translation4 September 2013
Warning: Spoilers
Now Rip, still carrying the dwarf's heavy barrel, and the dwarf seem to have climbed over a hill and meet more dwarfs. Rip is scared by a man dressed just like the dwarfs, same washed-up coat and large hat, but way, way taller. The dwarfs seem to be familiar with him though, so there's no reason for imminent danger. Cool down, Rip.

Could it be a magician? The picture quality of this one leaves a lot to be desired unfortunately. My perception is that Rip initially thought of him as a scarecrow, but finally gets the creeps when he sees him moving. Is that how you thank a friend for carrying your heavy barrel up a large hill. These dwarfs seem to be a feisty people. Lets hope they'll at least re-compensate Rip's efforts with a nice roast.
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Interesting Films
Michael_Elliott4 January 2009
Rip's Toast (1896)

Rip Meeting the Dwarf (1896)

Exit of Rip and the Dwarf (1896)

Rip Leaving Sleepy Hollow (1896)

Rip's Toast to Hudson and Crew (1896)

Rip's Twenty Years' Sleep (1896)

Awakening of Rip (1896)

Rip Passing Over Hill (1896)

The American Mutoscope Company is responsible for the above eight films, which feature actor Joseph Jefferson as Rip Van Winkle, the famous character we all know. These eight films were originally made in 1896 and sold separately as different films but in 1903 the studio edited them together to make Rip Van Winkle. Looking at them separately is pretty interesting but knowing more of their history would be good. I'm guessing the eight films were released at different times so I guess you could call these an early attempt at what would become a serial. Jefferson is pretty good in his role as Rip, although he doesn't have too much to do except look jolly in some of the films or greet the dwarf in others. The Awakening of Rip is pretty good as we get to see the actor made up as an old man and he doesn't look too bad considering when the film was made. All eight run 20-25 seconds total so with that in mind these are an interesting bit of history.
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Rip van Winkle #4
Tornado_Sam15 August 2018
1903's "Rip van Winkle", directed by W. K. L. Dickson, may be one of the first films, if not the first, that has an actual plot. Originally, it was actually a film serial comprised of eight short films from 1896 that, when put together, more or less tell the well-known story by Irving. Of course, looking at each of them separately you can't at all get the full feel of what Dickson was going for, due to every clip being only about twenty seconds long and telling only a very small fraction of the plot. Likewise here.

"Rip Leaving Sleepy Hollow" is the fourth film in the series and pretty much nothing happens in it, except that Rip (Joseph Jefferson) enters a ring of dwarfs (really grown men hunching over) and just stands around. The dwarfs do wear costumes in it, which is something rare for the era, but that's really all you can say for this segment when taken out of context. With that said, even when you do put it in context with its other seven installments, it still won't really interest anyone except film buffs like me, or historians interested in the early years of film.
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