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Seven Ages of an Alligator: One reel split with His Uncle’s Wives, 315 feet, February 2, 1913.
Shows the alligator in several stages of growth, from babyhood to a ripe old age; a film taken at an alligator farm in Southern California. Split with “His Uncles Wives” (vimeo.com/21136320).
Print source: Library of Congress, 4 minutes 20 seconds.
Original music composed and performed by Ben Model (silentfilmmusic.com).
In early 1913 as Thanhouser staff and crews were setting up a facility in Los Angeles, cameraman Carl Louis Gregory was taking documentary footage, from which four “split reel” short subjects were created: “A Million Birds,” filmed at California pigeon and ostrich farms; “Los Angeles the Beautiful” (two different version with the same title), showing scenic attractions; and “Seven Ages of an Alligator,” filmed at an alligator farm. Released together, “His Uncle’s Wives” and “Seven Ages of an Alligator” filled up one 1,000-foot “split reel.”
This film is available on DVD from Thanhouser Film Company Preservation, Inc. at thanhouser.org