100 Years at the Movies

by Chuck Workman

Part 1

Facts and Commentary:

  • This short film, 100 Years at the Movies (1994), a Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Production, was compiled by film-maker Chuck Workman to celebrate "100 Years at the Movies" for the 1994 Academy Awards show.
  • It was nine minutes long and included a montage of clips from at least 225 movies.
  • Earlier, Workman had directed a film titled Precious Images (1986), with short clips from films of 50 years of cinematic history.
  • The list below attempted to identify (as accurately as possible), in detail, the many short clips that were included in the film.



100 Years at the Movies
(in rough chronological order)
(Links are to "Greatest Films" reviews)

Opening Credits: (Scrolling over 6 Images)

"On April 14, 1894 in a former shoe store on Broadway, fascinated New Yorkers looked into a narrow slot and watched the first movies ever shown commercially in the United States. This was the birth of the American film. It was a modest beginning to 100 years of magical memories and unforgettable images." [Opening narration of film]

  • Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1896), aka Serpentine Dance by Annabelle (Edison Kinetoscope Film)
  • Butterfly Dance (1897), Annabelle (Edison Kinetoscope Film)
  • Souvenir Strip of the Edison Kinetoscope (1894), Eugen Sandow - (The Strong Man) (Edison Kinetoscope Film)
  • Glenroy Brothers (1894) - (Comic boxing) (Edison Kinetoscope Film)
  • The Barbershop (late 1893 or 1894) (Edison Kinetoscope Film)
  • Seminary Girls (1897) - young girls in nightgowns pillow fight in a dormitory room (Edison Kinetoscope Film)

  • The Great Train Robbery (1903) - George Barnes (as cowboy) looking directly at audience, pointing and firing gun
  • Ben Hur (1907) - the famed chariot race
  • Suspense (1913) - Tramp (Sam Kaufman), prowling around house, is looking up (Lois Weber-directed film)
    (the image is contained in a binocular shape that becomes the two 00's in 100)

100 Years at the Movies (Title Screen) - with images continuing to be displayed inside the two zeros

  • The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912) - man in foreground, man in background, both looking at camera
  • Suspense (1913) - (l to r) Tramp (Sam Kaufman), Husband (Valentine Paul), and Wife (Lois Weber)
    (simultaneous scenes in three triangular shapes)
  • Rescued from an Eagle's Nest (1908) - a flying eagle carrying a baby
  • Broken Blossoms (1919) - Lillian Gish (as The Girl Lucy Burrows) with Richard Barthelmess (as the Yellow Man Cheng Huan) (pink tinted)
  • The Birth of a Nation (1915) - Henry B. Walthall (as Ben Cameron, "The Little Colonel") wounded in action when leading a final assault carrying the Confederate flag against the Union entrenchment line (sepia tinted) - and stuffing flag pole into cannon
  • Intolerance (1916) - the outdoor set for the Babylonian sequences, with camera panning up huge steps and viewing giant statues
  • Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914) - (Keystone) about auto race cars, Charlie Chaplin's second film and debut appearance as "The Tramp" - as an obtrusive spectator, he is pushed off-screen
  • The Rink (1916) - (a Chaplin Mutuals) with Charlie Chaplin working as an incompetent waiter at a restaurant, where he shakes/mixes drinks, and later skates in a nearby rink during his break (two images, reversed in order)
  • Shanghaied (1915) - (an Essanay comedy) shot of long table aboard a violently rocking ship with two men behind table and Charlie Chaplin (as The Tramp character) as a crew member trying to serve during a gale
  • The Cure (1917) (aka The Water Cure) - (a Chaplin Mutuals) Charlie Chaplin sliding around a table to avoid the health spa's strong-armed masseur (Henry Bergman)
  • One A.M. (1916) - Charlie Chaplin as an inebriated drunk being hit by a clock's huge pendulum on a second floor, then sliding backwards down the stairs on his stomach
  • Safety Last (1923) - Harold Lloyd (as The Boy) perilously hanging - many stories above the street - from a large clock face on the side of a 12-story skyscraper
  • The General (1927) - Buster Keaton (as engineer Johnnie Gray) riding "up and down" on his beloved train The General's wheel assembly into a tunnel
  • Cops (1922) - a silent comedy short with Buster Keaton (as The Young Man) in a classic chase sequence from an entire police force - casually grabbing a passing car as it zoomed past to hitch a getaway ride
  • Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) - the amazing, daredevilish stunt of a store front (with an open second floor window) falling over a standing Buster Keaton (as Willie Canfield)
  • The Thief of Baghdad (1924) - swashbuckler Douglas Fairbanks (as the title character) gracefully and effortlessly bounding away from pursuers
  • Little Annie Rooney (1925) - Mary Pickford as the title character, a street-smart teenager in a Lower Eastside tenement area
  • The Mark of Zorro (1920) - Douglas Fairbanks (as Zorro - Don Diego de la Vega) swinging up onto a balcony, then leaping over a donkey
  • Nanook of the North (1922) - the first real non-fictional (or documentary) film, with images of a typical Eskimo hunting scene (brief image)
  • Barney Oldfield's Race for a Life (1913) - a typical Mack Sennett slapstick-chase comedy, with heroine/star Mabel Normand tied on railroad tracks by the villain (Rod Sterling)
  • Film unknown - Warner Bros.' canine star Rin Tin Tin
  • Film unknown - shot of Clara Bow (the "IT" Girl) with seductive eyes
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) - Rudolph Valentino (as S. American-garbed Julio Desnoyers) dancing the tango in Argentinian cantina
  • Flesh and the Devil (1926) - star-crossed lovers Greta Garbo (as Felicitas) and John Gilbert (as Leo) dancing

1923 - Greed

  • Greed (1924) - the classic final desert scene - a deadly confrontation in the parched, scorching Death Valley desert with Gibson Gowland (as McTeague) discovering that he has no water and is handcuffed to Jean Hersholt (as his murdered former friend Marcus Schouler) - an image of the troublesome gold coins that have spilled out of a split-open canvas bag into the cracked desert sand/earth; the scene ended with an extreme long shot of the two of them in the desert wasteland
  • Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) - another version of the famed chariot race (between Francis X. Bushman as Roman centurion Messala and Ramon Novarro as Judah Ben-Hur), with the action moving over the camera position
  • The Ten Commandments (1923) - Cecil B. DeMille's first version of this film - the spectacular closing of the waters of the Red Sea, cascading over the Egyptian chariots in pursuit of the Hebrew Israelites
  • Wings (1927) - a spectacular aerial combat scene between biplanes
  • The Crowd (1928) - the sweeping camera sequence across a sea of desks in a skyscraper office building where James Murray (as anonymous office worker John) works
  • The Big Parade (1925) - the memorable farewell scene of the departing convoy of John Gilbert (as WWI American soldier James Apperson) as Renee Adoree (as his French girl Melisande) grabs onto the back of his moving truck until she must let go - while he tosses her his watch, dog-tags chain and shoe
  • Footlight Parade (1933) - two images: a marquee displaying "PRODUCERS ANNOUNCE ONLY TALKING PICTURES"; and James Cagney (as Broadway musical comedy producer Chester Kent) saying: "What a laugh!" [segment 1]
  • The Jazz Singer (1927) - Al Jolson (as Jakie Rabinowitz) singing "Blue Skies" while playing the piano -- the film that serves as the official start of the "talkie" era [segment 1]
  • Footlight Parade (1933) - James Cagney saying: "Aw, talking pictures, It's just a fad!" [segment 2]
  • The Jazz Singer (1927) - Jolson continuing singing -- [segment 2]

1927 - The Jazz Singer

  • Scarface (1932) - Paul Muni (as gangster 'Scarface' Tony Camonte) with tommy-gun blasting
  • The Public Enemy (1931) - James Cagney (as Tom Powers) suddenly smashing a grapefruit into the face of Mae Clarke (as his moll girlfriend Kitty) during breakfast
  • Boys Town (1938) - Spencer Tracy (as Father Edward J. Flanagan) pulling up rebellious teen Whitey Marsh (Mickey Rooney) by the collar
  • Applause (1929) - Rouben Mamoulian's innovative debut talking film, with burlesque star Kitty Darling (Helen Morgan) performing
  • Cimarron (1931) - large-scale scene of Oklahoma Land Rush
  • Little Caesar (1930) - Edward G. Robinson (as mobster Rico) gasping his last words: "Is this the end of Rico?" (excerpt)
  • The Thin Man (1934) - in hotel bedroom, William Powell (as Nick Charles) punching Myrna Loy (as wife Nora), throwing pillow at the face of gunman Edward Brophy (as gunman Joe Morelli), then rushing and tackling him
  • Min and Bill (1930) - Wallace Beery (as fisherman Bill) fighting with Marie Dressler (as waterfront hotel-owner Min Divot)
  • Dance, Fools, Dance (1931) - Clark Gable (as mean bootlegger Jake Luva) blowing smoke past a blonde's face
  • Sadie Thompson (1928) - Gloria Swanson (as title character, a loose-moraled woman on a South Seas island) opposite Raoul Walsh (the director playing Marine Sgt. Tim O'Hara) while lighting cigarettes with ends touching (a sexual metaphor)
  • Dance, Fools, Dance (1931) - Joan Crawford (as rich spoiled sibling Bonnie Jordan) with hair dryer
  • She Done Him Wrong (1933) - Mae West (as Lady Lou) delivering her immortal line to Cary Grant (as Salvation Army Capt. Cummings): "Why don't you come up some time 'n' see me?"
  • Grand Hotel (1932) - Greta Garbo (as ballerina Grusinskaya) uttering her famous words: "I want to be alone."
  • Twentieth Century (1934) - John Barrymore (as egotistical Broadway impresario Oscar Jaffe) and Carole Lombard (as chorus girl Mildred Plotka transformed into next star actress Lily Garland) hugging in doorway as the door shuts
  • King Kong (1933) - image of massive grinning Ape and Fay Wray's off-screen scream
  • Frankenstein (1931) - Colin Clive (as Henry Frankenstein) exclaiming about his Monster (Boris Karloff) creation on the table: "It's alive!" [segment 1]
  • Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932) - Johnny Weissmuller (as ape man Tarzan) swinging through the jungle on vines, yelling his "signature" call of "Aaah-eee-aaah"
  • Frankenstein (1931) - reprise of: "It's alive! It's alive!" [segment 2]
  • Dinner at Eight (1933) - Wallace Beery (as corrupt executive Dan Packard) telling his brassy wife Jean Harlow (as Kitty Packard) to "shut up, shut up"
  • Frankenstein (1931) - "It's alive" again, then the sequence of the operating table with the Monster (Boris Karloff) being raised towards the top of tower [segment 3]
  • The Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) - "We're in the Money" sequence, with eye-like hole opening on stage, with Ruby Keeler (as chorus girl Polly Parker) rising out of it

1933 - 42nd Street

  • 42nd Street (1933) - title song production number
  • Flying Down to Rio (1933) - the memorable scene of chorus girls dancing on an airplane wing to the title song
  • Duck Soup (1933) - the famed mirror pantomime scene with the Marx Brothers (Groucho doing two-step) [segment 1]
  • The Music Box (1932) - a comedy short, with Laurel and Hardy struggling with a piano and a long flight of steps
  • David Copperfield (1935), aka The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, and Observation of David Copperfield, the Younger - W.C. Fields (as indebted Mr. Micawber) emerging through roof: "I have arrived!"
  • Duck Soup (1933) - the famed mirror pantomime scene with the Marx Brothers (Groucho spinning and presenting himself) [segment 2]

1934 - It Happened One Night

  • It Happened One Night (1934) - the hitchhiking scene, with Claudette Colbert (as spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews) outdoing Clark Gable (as reporter Peter Warne) by successfully exhibiting her shapely leg to stop a passing car
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) - Robin Hood's Merry Men jumping on horseback, and Errol Flynn (as Robin Hood) swinging from a tree
  • Gunga Din (1939) - a native Thuggee cult member riding horse, and waving saber in "charge"
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) - buckets of molten metal being poured from the mouths of gargoyles by Charles Laughton (as mis-shapen, hunchbacked bellringer Quasimodo) on rampaging Parisian peasants from high atop Notre Dame, to protect Maureen O'Hara (as gypsy girl Esmeralda)
  • A Night at the Opera (1935) - the famous stateroom sequence, with occupants of the tiny room bursting into the ship's hallway when the door was opened by Margaret Dumont
  • Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) - Charles Laughton (as tyrannical Captain William Bligh) accusing Clark Gable (as First Mate Fletcher Christian) of being a mutineer: "You mutinous dog!"
  • Red Dust (1932) - Mary Astor (as adulterous engineer's wife Barbara Willis) slapping manly Clark Gable (as Indochinese rubber plantation overseer Dennis Carson)
  • The Letter (1940) - Bette Davis (as cheating and murderous wife Leslie Crosby) descending stairs of tropical plantation and shooting David Newell (as secret lover Geoffrey Hammond)
  • The Philadelphia Story (1940) - an enraged Cary Grant (as Philadelphia socialite C.K. Dexter Haven) shoving Katharine Hepburn (as wife Tracy Lord) face-first with the palm of his hand, sending her down to the floor (out of the frame) through a doorway
  • Bringing Up Baby (1938) - Cary Grant (as flustered paleontologist David Husley) left holding Katharine Hepburn (as zany Susan Vance) - dangling over his gigantic, collapsed dinosaur skeleton

1936 - San Francisco

  • San Francisco (1936) - the monumental disaster scene of SF earthquake, domed building falling [segment 1]
  • The Good Earth (1937) - the plague of locusts scene
  • San Francisco (1936) - more earthquake, water pipe breaking [segment 2]
  • Captains Courageous (1937) - Spencer Tracy (as Portuguese fisherman Manuel) in the climactic death scene by drowning - getting caught up in a collapsing mast and rope
  • San Francisco (1936) - earthquake reprise, little girl looking up [segment 3]
  • Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) - Gary Cooper (as title character Longfellow Deeds from Vermont who inherited fortune) (quick clip)
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) - James Stewart (as title character Jefferson Smith, newly-elected idealistic Senator) (quick clip)
  • San Francisco (1936) - debris falling on person laying on ground [segment 4]

1939 - Gone With the Wind

  • Gone With the Wind (1939) - scene of wounded soldiers at Atlanta train station with pull-back crane shot, Clark Gable (as Rhett Butler) carrying Vivien Leigh (as wife Scarlett O'Hara) up flight of stairs - the conjugal rape scene: ("You've turned me out while you chased Ashley Wilkes, while you dreamed of Ashley Wilkes. This is one night you're not turning me out")
  • Now, Voyager (1942) - Paul Henreid (as debonair Jerry Durrance) lighting two cigarettes in his mouth, then handing one to Bette Davis (as transformed ugly duckling Charlotte Vale), a familiar sexual metaphor
  • Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) - Greer Garson (as future American wife Katherine) saying "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" and kissing Robert Donat (as kindly schoolteacher Mr. Charles 'Chips' Chipping) goodbye when she is boarding train
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) - John Garfield (as drifter Frank Chambers) kissing Lana Turner (as sultry roadhouse owner wife Cora Smith)
  • Double Indemnity (1944) - Fred MacMurray (as insurance salesman Walter Neff) telling Barbara Stanwyck (as scheming partner-in-crime femme fatale Phyllis Dietrichson): "Shut up, baby!" and then kissing her
  • Woman of the Year (1942) - Spencer Tracy (as New York sportswriter Sam Craig) noticing the legs of Katharine Hepburn (as foreign correspondent Tess Harding) entering office

1942 - Casablanca

  • Casablanca (1942) - Humphrey Bogart (as Rick Blaine) touching Ingrid Bergman's (as lover Ilsa Lund) chin at the airport in Casablanca, then telling her: "Here's looking at you, kid"; also an earlier image of them kissing in his Casablanca apartment when she came to demand the letters of transit
  • To Have and Have Not (1944) - Lauren Bacall (as cute Marie Browning) to Humphrey Bogart (as charter boat operator Harry Morgan) after two kisses: "It's even better when you help"
  • Naughty Marietta (1935) - Jeanette MacDonald (as an 18th-century French princess) singing to and with Nelson Eddy (as mercenary Capt. Richard Warrington)
  • Road to Morocco (1942) - Bob Hope and Bing Crosby (as stowaways Turkey Jackson and Jeff Peters in N. Africa) singing and wearing sailor caps while riding on a camel
  • For Me and My Gal (1942) - Gene Kelly (as entertainer Harry Palmer) and Judy Garland (as vaudeville troupe singer Jo Hayden) smiling at bar, then twirling once together in unison
  • The Little Colonel (1935) - the famous stair-dance duet with Shirley Temple (as the title character Lloyd Sherman) and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (as the butler Walker) dancing up stairs together
  • Anchors Aweigh (1945) - the famous "King Who Couldn't Dance" sequence with Gene Kelly (as sailor Joseph Brady) dancing next to animated Jerry, the Mouse (from Tom & Jerry cartoons)
  • Down Argentine Way (1940) - the show-stopping dance number of the Nicholas Brothers
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) - James Cagney (as songwriter/showman George M. Cohan) wearing straw hat and strutting across stage while singing
  • Swing Time (1936) - Fred Astaire (as John 'Lucky' Garnett) (in black tuxedo) and Ginger Rogers (as Penny Carroll) (in white evening dress), dancing "Waltz in Swing Time" in a mirror-shiny Art Deco nightclub
  • An American in Paris (1951) - Gene Kelly (as American painter Jerry Mulligan in Paris) and Leslie Caron (as Lise Bouvier) dancing along the Seine River
  • Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) - a home-style minstrel shuffle between Judy Garland (as teenaged Esther Smith) and Margaret O'Brien (as morbid kid sister Tootie), singing and dancing in straw hats with canes to the number "Under the Bamboo Tree"
  • Singin' in the Rain (1952) - the famed, centerpiece title song sequence, with Gene Kelly (as lovestruck silent star Don Lockwood) singing with umbrella in the rain, jumping onto nearby light pole
  • Babes in Arms (1939) - Mickey Rooney (as show producer Mickey Moran) enthusiastically clapping for Judy Garland (as Patsy Barton) as she takes a curtsy
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939) - Judy Garland (as lost Kansas girl Dorothy Gale) and companions Ray Bolger (as Scarecrow), Jack Haley (as Tin Man), and Bert Lahr (as the Cowardly Lion) singing and skipping down the Yellow Brick Road
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941) - Humphrey Bogart (as detective Sam Spade) uttering the film's last line while touching the worthless black bird: "The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of"
  • Cabin in the Sky (1943) - Lena Horne (as seductress Georgia Brown) posing in mirror
  • The Grapes of Wrath (1940) - Jane Darwell (as Okie matriarch Ma Joad) nostalgically trying on earrings before a mirror just prior to leaving her lost farmland, and an image of their journey
  • Citizen Kane (1941) - the film's sole musical number, during the newspaper's celebration party: Orson Welles (as Charles Foster Kane) with dancing chorus girls carrying rifles, singing "There is a man - a certain man..."
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) - Walter Huston (as grizzly gold prospector Howard) spontaneously dancing a jig, howling with laughter, slapping his knee, and pounding his feet into the soil laced with gold

1946 - It's a Wonderful Life

  • It's a Wonderful Life (1946) - James Stewart (as small-town hero George Bailey) running down hometown Bedford Falls' main street after receiving a new lease on life, and yelling "Merry Christmas"
  • White Heat (1949) - James Cagney (as mother-fixated criminal Cody Jarrett) delivering his final words atop a chemical plant's gas tanks: "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!", followed by an annihilating gas explosion
  • All About Eve (1950) - Bette Davis (as aging Broadway diva Margo Channing) memorable warning to assorted party guests as she starts to climb stairs: "Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night"

1948 - Red River

  • Red River (1948) - John Wayne (as enraged cattle baron Tom Dunson) walking down crowded cowtown street - towards the camera - to find Montgomery Clift (as estranged adopted son Matthew Garth), as the crowd parts for him
  • Scaramouche (1952) - the swashbuckling sword duel on a balcony's edge between Stewart Granger (as 18th century French nobleman Andre Moreau/ Scaramouche) and Mel Ferrer (as Noel, Marquis de Maynes)
  • The Three Musketeers (1948) - Gene Kelly (as D'Artagnan) jumping down to the beach to a man lying there
  • The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) - the spectacular train wreck sequence
  • Shane (1953) - Alan Ladd (as loner gunman Shane) killing Jack Palance (as black-clad evil hired gun Jack Wilson) in the final climactic bar showdown and shoot-out
  • The Quiet Man (1952) - Maureen O'Hara (as impetuous Mary Kate Danaher) cocking her fist back to swing at the jaw of John Wayne (as Irish-American boxer Sean Thornton), but missing and hitting his blocking hand
  • Sunset Boulevard (1950) - Gloria Swanson (as fading silent screen star Norma Desmond) illuminated in the beam of light when watching one of her silent films
  • Samson and Delilah (1949) - Temple idol toppling down as Victor Mature (as superstrong, but blinded Old Testament character of Samson) - after hair has grown back - seeking revenge against Philistines
  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) - Technicolor view of cavalry horses lined up and readying for a charge
  • Stagecoach (1939) - the cavalry to the rescue of a stagecoach being attacked by Apaches on the salt flats
  • Ben-Hur (1959) - legendary 11-minute chariot race, Stephen Boyd (as Roman tribune Messala) whipping Charlton Heston (as Judah Ben-Hur) [segment 1]
  • The Defiant Ones (1958) - Sidney Poitier (as black chain gang prisoner Noah Cullen) on train desperately reaching down from moving train to clasp white hand of Tony Curtis (as fellow chain gang prisoner John "Joker" Jackson)
  • Ben-Hur (1959) - more chariot race, Charlton Heston (as Judah Ben-Hur) catching and twisting whip [segment 2]
  • North by Northwest (1959) - Cary Grant (as Manhattan ad executive Roger Thornhill) in a remote field, running from the pursuit of 'crop-dusting' airplane
  • The Ten Commandments (1956) - Charlton Heston (as Hebrew Exodus leader Moses) with outstretched arms and staff parting the Red Sea
  • Ben-Hur (1959) - shot of chariot with spiked wheel [segment 3]
  • Dial M for Murder (1954) - Grace Kelly (as wealthy wife Margot Wendice of Ray Milland as Tom) struggling and reaching backward for a pair of scissors, then stabbing her attacker in the back
  • Ben-Hur (1959) - shots of chariot collapsing, Charlton Heston (as Judah Ben-Hur) looking back [segment 4]
  • The Wild One (1953) - the film's opening credits (shot at ground-level) of a motorcycle gang (the Black Rebels) composed of 40 black leather-jacketed cyclists arriving in small town, led by Marlon Brando (as sideburned Johnny)
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