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I have removed the sentence: "This was Porter's most successful film." We do not know the gross or net this picture made for Edison. But given the economics of film exhibition in 1903 vs. those of the 1910s, it is more likely that the five features he directed starring Mary Pickford in 1913-1914 were more financially successful. Purpose-built cinemas were virtually unknown in 1903; movies were one act of many on a typical theater bill, and there was only so much of the box office that could be devoted to the cost of the films when live performers also had to be paid.—Walloon 09:30, 6 August 2006 (UTC)
There is a big section at the end of the first paragraph that is both uncited and contradicts statements made earlier in the paragraph.
"The film uses simple editing techniques (each scene is a single shot) and the story is mostly linear (with only a few "meanwhile" moments), but it represents a significant step in movie making, being one of the first "narrative" movies of significant length. It was quite successful in theaters and was imitated many times."
I'm gonna remove this section, if someone can cite it, bring it back--184.108.40.206 (talk) 07:04, 20 November 2010 (UTC)