A group of thieves are building a fake coffin as part of a plan to steal a jewel case filled with extravagant and expensive gems. With one of the thieves inside, the fake coffin is loaded ... See full summary »
A group of thieves are building a fake coffin as part of a plan to steal a jewel case filled with extravagant and expensive gems. With one of the thieves inside, the fake coffin is loaded into the railroad car that is also carrying the jewel case. After the train gets moving, the thief comes out and steals the contents of the case. When the theft is discovered, a search for the thieves begins. Written by
Given that both the resources and the techniques available to film-makers were still pretty limited in 1905, this short crime feature demonstrates pretty good story-telling. The story is fairly straightforward and is typical of the era, but it flows more smoothly than do the majority of films of its time.
The plot, which according to the main titles was partially based on actual events, concerns a clever plan for a jewel robbery, and it follows the events beginning with the planning stages. The story itself would probably prove a bit too pat for audiences of the present day, but in telling it, there is reasonable detail both in the plot and in the settings. There are also a couple of basic visual effects that are creditable for the time.
This film is probably primarily of interest for the decent quality of film-making, rather than for the story itself, which has just enough to make it watchable if you are used to these very old short features.
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