Arrest in Chinatown, San Francisco, Cal. (film #2 on Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916. Also, #16 on Edison Film Archive). [Category: Early Film & TV]

A guy is carried off in a paddy wagon, back in the days when it really was a wagon. One of the arresting officers just couldn’t resist repeatedly waving at the camera. An 1897 Edison film.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: *. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: **.

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