6.8/10
374
8 user 2 critic

The Thieving Hand (1908)

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

Director:

(uncredited)

Star:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The fiend faces the spectacular mind-bending consequences of his free-wheeling rarebit binge.

Directors: Wallace McCutcheon, Edwin S. Porter
Stars: Jack Brawn
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A greedy tycoon decides, on a whim, to corner the world market in wheat. This doubles the price of bread, forcing the grain's producers into charity lines and further into poverty. The film... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Frank Powell, Grace Henderson, James Kirkwood
Frankenstein (1910)
Short | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. Made ill by what he has done, Frankenstein is comforted by his fiancée ... See full summary »

Director: J. Searle Dawley
Stars: Mary Fuller, Charles Ogle, Augustus Phillips
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A demonic magician attempts to perform his act in a strange grotto, but is confronted by a Good Spirit who opposes him.

Directors: Segundo de Chomón, Ferdinand Zecca
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man rents an apartment and furnishes it in remarkable fashion.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: André Méliès, Georges Méliès
Action | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

On a warm and sunny summer's day, a mother and father take their young daughter Dollie on a riverside outing. A gypsy basket peddler happens along, and is angered when the mother refuses to... See full summary »

Directors: D.W. Griffith, G.W. Bitzer
Stars: Arthur V. Johnson, Linda Arvidson, Gladys Egan
The Black Imp (1905)
Short | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room.

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Comedy | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A smoker falls asleep, and two mischievious fairies play with his pipe. He discovers this, and imprisons them in a cigar box. He removes a flower from the box, which contains a fairy ... See full summary »

Director: J. Stuart Blackton
Stars: Paul Panzer, Gladys Hulette
Action | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A family is terrified when an eagle carries off its young child.

Director: J. Searle Dawley
Stars: Henry B. Walthall, Miss Earle, Jinnie Frazer
Short | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two travellers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventuly experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil before he takes one of them down to hell and roasts him ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A gang of thieves lure a man out of his home so that they can rob it and threaten his wife and children. The family barricade themselves in an interior room, but the criminals are ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: David Miles, Marion Leonard, Mary Pickford
Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Porter's sequential continuity editing links several shots to form a narrative of firemen responding to a house fire. They leave the station with their horse drawn pumper, arrive on the ... See full summary »

Directors: George S. Fleming, Edwin S. Porter
Stars: Vivian Vaughan, Arthur White, James H. White
Edit

Cast

Uncredited cast:
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Short

Certificate:

Unrated
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 February 1908 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A tolvaj kéz  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page