Boxing Dogs

Director:

Anonymous

Producer:

American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.

Year:

1899

Distributor:

American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.

Country:

USA

Running time:

154 ft

Genre:

Biograph

Format:

Silent, B&W

Availability:

VHS

Keywords:

Professor, Hypnotists, Mesmerism, stereotype
Summary
Another demonstration of Professor Leonidas's remarkable powers: This installment features two little dogs with boxing gloves fastened to their paws. At the Professor's command, they rise on their hind legs and box.
Teaching Notes
Portrayal of professors:
Another example of how the title "Professor" became associated with magicians, mesmerists and carnival acts as a result of the cinema's vaudvillain origins, and remained as an enduring stereotype in the portrayal of professors in film ever since.
film poster
Professor Leonidas & his assistants