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The Burglar on the Roof (I) (1898)

 -  Short | Crime  -  December 1898 (USA)
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There is a burglar on the rooftop of a Manhattan office building, and he is trying to break in. Two women spot him, and one of them begins beating him with a broom as they wait for help to ... See full summary »

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There is a burglar on the rooftop of a Manhattan office building, and he is trying to break in. Two women spot him, and one of them begins beating him with a broom as they wait for help to arrive. Soon others do appear on the scene to help, but by now the burglar has decided that he is going to put up a fight in an attempt to escape. Written by Snow Leopard

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Produced in May of 1897, not released until December of 1898. See more »

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Not Bad
5 July 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This short feature is reasonably entertaining, and its not bad for being one of the earlier efforts at telling a fictional story on film. While the story is simple, and the actors are clearly enthusiastic amateurs, the setting works all right, and it has plenty of energy to it.

The story shows a succession of passers-by who take on "The Burglar On the Roof", with varying degrees of effectiveness. It seems to be played for laughs rather than for suspense, and there are a couple of amusing moments during the skirmish.

By the standards of short features made 5-10 years later, this one would not be very impressive, but at the time it was made, there was very little experience to draw from for those who wanted to make even the simplest of narrative movies. If nothing else, this one has a place in history as a pioneering effort.


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