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The Honor of Thieves (1909)

 -  Short | Crime  -  11 January 1909 (USA)
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Ned Grattan and Mike Murphy are a couple of crooks, who have looked with longing on the extravagant display of valuables in Einstein's loan office. They figure that if one could only gain ... See full summary »

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Rachel Einstein
Harry Solter ...
Mr. Einstein
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Gebhardt ...
Musician
Anita Hendrie ...
At Dance
Arthur V. Johnson ...
Customer / Musician
Wilfred Lucas
David Miles ...
At Dance
Owen Moore ...
Ned Grattan
Frank Powell
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Ned Grattan and Mike Murphy are a couple of crooks, who have looked with longing on the extravagant display of valuables in Einstein's loan office. They figure that if one could only gain an entrance, a rich haul would be the reward. Many plans were devised and discarded, until Grattan, who is a handsome chap, resolved to perpetrate his evil design by way of the daughter, Rachel's heart. Rachel falls an easy victim to the flattering Ned, and accompanying him to a dance, consents to his proposal that they elope the following evening. Ned arrives at the pawnshop after closing time, and is admitted by Rachel. While she is upstairs getting her things, Ned admits Murphy. Poor trusting Rachel descends to be knocked on the head, gagged and bound to the newel post of the stairway. Mr. Einstein, missing his daughter, comes down into the shop only to receive a like treatment. The crooks then pile a lot of rubbish in front of Rachel and saturate it with kerosene. On top of this they place a ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Released as a split reel along with Love Finds a Way (1909). See more »

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Cinematic Language
23 January 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Although I wasn't very enthusiastic about the content of this 11 minute film, I have to say that there is a development of cinematic language that the 34 year old D.W. Griffith uses to communicate the story. That is the only redeeming feature of this piece.


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