When Mrs. Harding dies, she leaves a mysterious letter to her pastor. The note tells how her cold, miserly husband worked her to death. She asks the pastor to administer a small trust which... See full summary »
Charles Hill Mailes,
Virtuous Mabel rejects the improper advances of a villainous cad. The furious villain and his henchmen then seize Mabel and chain her to a railroad track. Mabel's anxious boyfriend turns ... See full summary »
An isolated house in deserted area is too remote for a servant, who leaves a note, quietly exits the back door, and puts the key under the mat. Alone in the house is a mother and her infant... See full summary »
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 »
The film features a 11-year Marie Eline, one of the movies earliest childhood stars. She was known to film audiences as the Thanhouser Kid. Marie plays the part of he Messenger "Boy" in this film. See more »
SPOILERS. When the sister discovers the footage of the crime being committed, the insert shots showing the film are of a different angle than what is actually projected later. See more »
Excellent Thanhouser film has a broker stealing $20,000 from a person who demands it back. He sets up a plot to where it seems like a messenger boy is delivering the money but he actually swaps out the envelope, which leads the boy into trouble. What neither of them expected was a film crew to be on the scene.
THE EVIDENCE OF THE FILM is without question one of the studios greatest films. Considering over eight hundred of their films are currently lost, it's hard to go out on a limb and call it the greatest but it's certainly an important film that mixed drama and crime with movies playing an important part in the story. What makes this film so special is that it actually gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the Thanhouser editing room, which is great to see today. Another strong aspect is that the story itself is quite clever even though the title of the film pretty much gives away the ending. Still, there's no question that this is a rather important one and an excellent one at that.
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