The X-Rays

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The X-Rays
Directed by George Albert Smith
Produced by George Albert Smith
Starring Tom Green
Laura Bayley
Cinematography George Albert Smith
G.A. Smith
Distributed by Warwick Trading Company
Release dates
  • October 1897 (1897-10)
Running time
44 secs
Country United Kingdom
Language Silent

The X-Rays (AKA: The X-Ray Fiend) is a 1897 British short silent comedy film, directed by George Albert Smith, featuring a courting couple exposed to X-rays. The trick film, according to Michael Brooke of BFI Screenonline, "contains one of the first British examples of special effects created by means of jump-cuts"[1] Smith employs the jump-cut twice; first to transform his courting couple via "X rays," dramatized by means of the actors donning black body-suits decorated with skeletons, and then to return them back to normal. The couple in question are played by Smith's wife Laura Bayley and Tom Green (a Brighton comedian).[1]

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  1. ^ a b Brooke, Michael. "The X-Rays". BFI Screenonline Database. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 

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