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Fights of nations

Part 1: In "Mexico and Spain," a man dressed as a Mexican peasant spies on a happy young woman and her suitor, who wears a fancy Spanish, matador-style outfit. The woman dances for her companion, then the couple embrace and sit on a stone bench, holding hands. The jealous peasant rises from his hiding place to stab his rival, but the woman grabs his arm and stops him. The two men engage in a fierce knife fight, with the woman at one point helping her suitor regain his lost weapon. The Spaniard finally disarms his opponent, but consents to the woman's begging and spares the peasant's life. (155 ft.) -- "Our Hebrew Friends" opens to a street set with a painted backdrop of storefronts. A man apparently identified as Jewish through his dark hair and full beard argues with a Jewish necktie peddler. The argument soon escalates into a shoving match, through which a portly gentleman tries to pass. A third man, also apparently Jewish, happens upon the scene and soon joins the fight. The three men turn in a circle kicking each other until a policeman arrives and breaks them apart. The third man draws the officer aside with an offer of a bribe, which the policeman happily accepts. The money, however, is apparently taken back secretly when the two shake hands, and the three men rejoice after the policeman walks off. (83 ft.)                                               

Video Information
Year: 1907
Genre: Historical
Keywords: International relations--Drama; United States--Foreign relations--1901-1909--Drama; United States--Ethnic relations--Drama; United States--Foreign public opinion--Drama; Peace--Drama; Jews--United States--Drama; Afro-Americans--New York (State)--New York--Social life and customs--Drama; Dance; Black--New York (State)--New York--Drama; Irish Americans--Alcohol use--Drama; Dueling--Drama; Silent films; Drama; Vaudeville; Political films and programs; Shorts;
Duration: 00:03:32
Color: No
Sound: No
Amount of Motion: Medium
Language: English
Sponsor: Thomas Edison
Contributing Organization: Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division
Transcript Available: No

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Digitizing Organization: Library of Congress

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