Sight unseen, a man buys a bag that turns out to contain burglar tools. He can't get rid of the bag, even when he's robbed. The thieves assume he's a colleague and return the bag and tools.




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Credited cast:
The Man with the Satchel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clara T. Bracy
In Crowd
Anita Hendrie ...
In Crowd
First Thief
In Crowd
W. Chrystie Miller
Barry O'Moore ...
Pharmacist (as Herbert Yost)
Herbert Prior ...
Second Thief
In Crowd
Harry Solter


This comedy demonstrates the old maxim "a bad penny is always turning up," for it seems impossible' for our friend Brown to get rid of the odious handbag. At a sale of unclaimed express packages the satchel looks good to Brown and he purchases it. Upon opening it he finds it contains a full set of burglar's tools. Well, here is a fine predicament for an honest man so he endeavors to get rid of it, leaving it behind him at several places, but it is always returned to him by some kindly disposed and well-meaning person. In desperation he seeks a secluded spot in the park intending to deposit it in the shrubbery. On the way he is followed by a couple of crooks who hold him up just as he is about to drop his "elephant." They take his money and valuables and also the satchel, which they open at once and learning its contents, immediately return his valuables and money, shaking his hand, with the expression. "Why, one of the Brotherhood." Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy





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19 April 1909 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with Lady Helen's Escapade (1909). See more »

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14 February 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This short film is a measurement of what it meant to be an all-American at that time. Each week the 34 year old D.W. Griffith would define the nation through his short films, preparing his audiences for his major epic to come in 1915.

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