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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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A tolvaj kéz  »

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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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Dystopian Comedy
20 October 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Amusing little fantasy about a man who buys an artificial arm and discovers it picks everyone's pocket. Blackton was a leading exponent of trick shots in early American films -- like Melies, he had been a stage magician, and the stop-motion effects are slickly done.

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