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The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots

Date: 1895
Type: Historical drama
Colour: Black and White / Silent / Short
Director: Alfred Clark
Producer: Thomas A Edison
Mary kneels at the execution block and has her head chopped off. The title sums up the film that lasts about 20 seconds. Stories that some people beleived that the actor really did have their head cut off are most likely exaggerated. However the significance of this film is that it is the first film that has an edited cut in it. The cut allows the actor to be replaced by a dummy which has its head cut off. The film was directed by Alfred Clark who made some inovative films during his year with Edison, though most of his work is now lost.

Edison Manufacturing Company