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The Thieving Hand (1908)

A one-armed man obtains an artificial limb. The man cannot control his new arm, which steals from passers-by.

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A one-armed street peddler notices that a well-to-do man has dropped his ring, and the peddler returns it to him. The wealthy man is very grateful, and to show his appreciation he takes the peddler to a 'Limb Store', where he pays for a new arm to be attached where his own is missing. But the man soon finds out that his new arm seems to have a will of its own, as it does some things that cause him considerable embarrassment. Written by Snow Leopard

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1 February 1908 (USA)  »

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One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by the George Eastman House. This version has an uncredited piano music score and runs 5 minutes. See more »

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Brilliantly innovative and imaginative short with a lot of heart
19 July 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This charming and very amusing short film from 1908 surpasses many short films of today in its imagination and execution. The special effects, although nowhere near as slick as today add charm to a short film that succeeds in telling a visual story that may well not have worked so well if there was dialogue.


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