The Artist’s Dilemma (1901)

2m, 125 feet
black and white

An American fantasy film directed by Edwin S. Porter.

Plot Summary

An artist paints a young woman who emerges from a clock. A clown enters also emerges from the clock carrying a bucket, the picture of a young woman comes to life and the two women dance.


Director: Edwin S. Porter
Edison Manufacturing Company
Producers: J. Stuart Blackton, G.E. Smith
Photography: Edwin S. Porter

Production Notes

It was filmed at Vitagraph's roof-top studio in New York at some point between November and December 1901.

It was registered for copyright by Edison on 14 December 1901.

It was released in the USA around December 1901



  • Early Motion Pictures The Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress by Kemp R. Niver p.14 – article
  • Edison Motion Pictures 1890-1900: An Annotated Filmography by Charles Musser pp.647-648 – illustrated note
  • Motion Pictures 1894-1912 Identified from the Records of the Copyright Office by Howard Lamarr Walls p.3
  • Motion Pictures from the Library of Congress Paper Print Collection 1894-1912 by Kemp R. Niver, edited by Bebe Bergsten p.10
  • by Walt Lee p.17 – credits