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Dickson Greeting

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Dickson Greeting
Frame from the 1891 Dickson Greeting, featuring William K. L. Dickson, in the first American film shown to a public audience.
Directed byWilliam K. L. Dickson
Produced byWilliam K. L. Dickson
William Heise
StarringWilliam K. L. Dickson
CinematographyWilliam Heise[1]
Release date
  • 1891-05-20 (1891-05-20)
Running time
3 seconds
CountryUnited States

Dickson Greeting is an 1891 American short silent film. Directed, produced by, and starring motion-picture pioneer William K. L. Dickson, it displays a 3-second clip of him passing a hat in front of himself, and reaching for it with his other hand. It was filmed on May 20, 1891[2] in the Photographic Building at Edison's Black Maria studio, West Orange, New Jersey, in collaboration with Thomas Edison using his kinetograph. The film was played for viewers at the National Federation of Women's Clubs, one of the first public presentations of a motion picture.

Dickson Greeting


  1. ^ "Dickson Greeting".
  2. ^ "[Dickson greeting]". Library of Congress.