John Lane is a prosperous businessman, a widower, who lives in a large house with his seven-year-old daughter Betty. Lane has an enemy, one Ben Hartley, who, by the aid of some forged ... See full summary »
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Bill - a Providential Thief
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John Lane is a prosperous businessman, a widower, who lives in a large house with his seven-year-old daughter Betty. Lane has an enemy, one Ben Hartley, who, by the aid of some forged papers, threatens to expose Lane and put him in prison. The night of the story opens with Lane receiving a letter from Hartley, who demands $10,000, to be paid at midnight, that night. Lane has not that much ready money in the house, and no way to get it. He thinks it all out and decides to commit suicide. He stands before a mirror and is about to pull the trigger, when Bill, the burglar, steps into the room, stopping him. Bill has broken into the house, and in going through it, enters the room occupied by little Betty. His heart is touched by the beauty and innocence of the sleeping child, and he is about to leave the house when he witnesses the preparation of Lane's suicide. He pleads with Lane not to do it, leading him upstairs and showing him the sleeping child, and calling upon the father to ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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25 December 1911 (USA)  »

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A Thief in the Night  »

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The photography is so good that the moving characters are almost alive
12 June 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This picture is listed under the title, "Some Good in All." It is called a Xmas drama. It is a good drama for Christmas or any other season, but it has not a holiday atmosphere. There are two interwoven plots; one shows how a thief, coming in the night, chances to visit the nursery where the sweet expression of a little girl asleep awakens his better nature. He is the means of helping the girl's father escape from a blackmailer who also came at midnight to demand $10,000. One can hardly sympathize with this man; who ought to have called up the Central Office and had a detective come and listen to the blackmailer's demand. No reason was shown why it wouldn't have been safe to do so. The second plot, that which deals with the thief, is more convincing and also interesting. The photography is so good that the moving characters are almost alive. It is a commendable number. - The Moving Picture World, January 6, 1912


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