Rip van Winkle (1896)

307 feet, 94 metres
68mm film black and white

An American fantasy film starring Joseph Jefferson who played the title character on stage for forty years. The film was originally issued as eight individual scenes before being combined into this single film.

Plot Summary

In Sleepy Hollow, falls asleep after drinking wine given to him by three and awakes twenty years later.


American Mutoscope Company
Based on the play by Dion Boucicault
Based on the story by Washington Irving
Photography: William Kennedy Laurie Dickson

Joseph Jefferson (Rip van Winkle)



  • Film History vol.9 no.3 (1997) pp.278-289 (USA) – article (From Rip Van Winkle to Jesus of Nazareth: thoughts on the origins of the American screenplay by Patrick Loughney)


  • Biograph Bulletins 1896-1908 p 82 by Kemp R. Niver – note
  • Early Motion Pictures: The Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress by Kemp R. Niver p.275 – note
  • The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907 (History of the American Cinema volume 1) by Charles Musser pp.150-151, 340 – notes
  • by Walt Lee p.404 – credits

Other Sources

  • American Mutoscope and Biograph Company Picture Catalogue November 1902 p 9 (Comedy section catalogue numbers 45-52) – credits
  • Biograph Photo Catalogue no.45-52 – illustrated note