A Kiss in the Tunnel (1899)

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Original Title: The Kiss in the Tunnel
Type: Short
Genre: Short, Comedy, Romance
Runtime: 1 Minute
Release Date: Nov 1899 (UK)
Is Adult: No
Rated: n/A
George Albert Smith
Laura Bayley, George Albert Smith  »


A humorous subject intended to be run as a part of a railroad scene during the period in which the train is passing through a tunnel.


Consisting of three brief shots--an opening point-of-view scene with the camera fixed to the front of the locomotive, or "Phantom Ride"; a saucy middle shot, and a closing scene--pioneer filmmaker George Albert Smith's original short is an excellent example of early continuity editing, which eloquently portrays a loving couple's impromptu expression of affection. As the train enters a short and dark tunnel, the husband decides to display his tenderness with a gentle caress on his wife's chin--and moments later--one joyful peck on the lips leads to another, and then, yet another one, against the backdrop of (simulated) total darkness. Is a daring kiss in the tunnel what it takes to keep his charming lady smiling for the rest of the journey? Written by Nick Riganas

Details (General)

  • AKA (Also Known As)

    Tunnel Kiss (United Kingdom)
    A Kiss in the Tunnel (United States)
    Ένα Φιλί στο Τούνελ (Greece)
    O Beijo no Túnel (Brazil)
    Csók az alagútban (Hungary)

  • Company

    George Albert Smith Films

  • Country

    United Kingdom

  • Certification


  • Location

    Brighton & Hove
    East Sussex

  • Details (Technical)

  • Aspect Ratio

    1.33 : 1

  • Color

    Black and White

  • Sound Mix