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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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False Limbs
8 August 2010 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

The idea behind this film - the idea of a false limb developing a mind of its own and carrying out evil deeds against the wishes of its new owner was something that the horror genre would later embrace, but back in 1908 it was played strictly for laughs.

The effects are OK for the period, but are nothing groundbreaking, and the film shows both how far the cinema had progressed since its very early days and how its technical limitations still prevented it from delivering an experience that would still interest an audience today. There were many filmmaking techniques which are commonplace today that were still to be developed back in 1908.


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