Celebrating the History of Motion Pictures from 1890 to 1960

First Actor to be Filmed Doing a Death Scene

The Roaring Twenties 1939

The very first death scene we can find on record was filmed by Thomas Edison’s production company between May 10–19, 1895. Unfortunately, the catalogue entry does not list the cast. It is possible that David Henderson played Svengali. The scene was from David Henderson’s Burlesque that recreated an episode from “Trilby”, the 1894 novel by … Read more

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