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The Bank Robbery (1908)

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A gang of outlaws are planning a bank robbery. After making preparations, they commit the robbery and make their escape amidst a sharp exchange of bullets. They return to their meeting ... See full summary »

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A gang of outlaws are planning a bank robbery. After making preparations, they commit the robbery and make their escape amidst a sharp exchange of bullets. They return to their meeting place, and then hurriedly continue onwards, with lawmen close behind them. Written by Snow Leopard

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Western | Crime | Short

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28 December 1908 (USA)  »

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One of the few instances where actors playing the lawmen and the robbers actually were the lawmen and the robbers: William Tilghman was a famous and respected U.S. marshal on the Oklahoma frontier; Al J. Jennings was a convicted train robber who took up acting after having been released from prison; Frank Canton was a widely feared gunfighter; Heck Thomas was a legendary sheriff; Quanah Parker was the son of an Indian father and a white mother who led several Indian revolts. See more »

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An Interesting, Action-Packed Feature
2 February 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This action-packed feature is interesting for several reasons. In its time, it probably got the most attention for featuring the real-life robber Al Jennings, as he re-created a bank robbery in his new career as an actor. While that and the rousing chase scenes would already make it worth watching, the movie also made use of some resourceful techniques.

The re-creation is very detailed, and it is worth watching closely to see the detail even in the background. The re-enactment itself is also rather thorough, beginning with the gang's preparations. The realism throughout is pretty convincing.

It also makes use of then relatively new techniques like panning. The panning shots are sometimes rather jerky, but they are well-conceived. There's a particularly good one towards the beginning that gives a good view of the whole town as the camera follows a horse riding out of town. At other times, during the chase sequences they keep the camera fixed as first one group and then another goes by. It works well in conveying the pace of the pursuit.

There are a lot of interesting features to this, and with a little restoration, and perhaps some new inter-titles to make the action a little clearer, it could be quite a fine feature. Even as it is, it's more than worth seeing for anyone with an interest in the movies of the era.


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