The Death of Poor Joe
|The Death of Poor Joe|
|Directed by||George Albert Smith|
|Distributed by||Warwick Trading Company|
The Death of Poor Joe is a 1901 British short silent drama film, directed by George Albert Smith, which features the director's wife Laura Bayley as Joe, a child street-sweeper who dies of disease on the street in the arms of a policeman. The film, which went on release in March 1901, takes its name from a famous photograph posed by Oscar Rejlander after an episode in Charles Dickens' Bleak House and is the oldest known surviving film featuring a Dickens character. The film was discovered in 2012 by British Film Institute curator Bryony Dixon, after it was believed to have been lost since 1954. Until the discovery, the previous oldest known Dickens film was Scrooge, or, Marley's Ghost, released in November 1901.
- Laura Bayley as Joe
- Tom Green as the policeman
- "World's oldest Charles Dickens film discovered". The Guardian. London. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- Waters, Florence (9 March 2012). "First Charles Dickens film found 111 years after it was made". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- Vanessa Toulmin, Simon Popple, Visual delights two: exhibition and reception, Publisher John Libbey Eurotext, 2005, ISBN 0861966570, 9780861966578, 266 pages, page 77
- "Earliest Charles Dickens film uncovered". BBC News. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- "Charles Dickens film The Death of Poor Joe found - oldest ever at 111 yrs". Metro. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- The Death of Poor Joe in the BFI Film & TV Database
- Kemp, Stuart. "BFI’s Bryony Dixon stumbles across "The Death Of Poor Joe," a character from Charles Dickens’ "Bleak House."". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
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