Jim Allen accidentally finds a valise full of burglars' tools. At the same time he discovers that he has fallen heir to a $10,000 legacy. In order to secure the legacy he must be in a ... See full summary »

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Jim Allen / William Harrington (dual role)
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Pittsburg Sam - the Burglar (as Lafayette McKee)
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Mrs. Reilly - the Housekeeper
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Charles de Delzecchio ...
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Jim Allen accidentally finds a valise full of burglars' tools. At the same time he discovers that he has fallen heir to a $10,000 legacy. In order to secure the legacy he must be in a distant city on the following day. Being hard up, he decides to borrow the necessary carfare from his double, an unscrupulous broker named Harrington. He goes to Harrington's office, carrying by mistake the burglar's valise. Sam, the burglar, passes him on the street, and, recognizing his valise, follows Jim. Harrington decides to do away with Jim and then make an attempt to get the legacy himself, by passing himself off for Jim. He locks Jim in his vault and leaves for the depot, carrying with him his own valise. Jim's landlady discovers his valise and. thinking that Jim has forgotten it, carries same to the depot in the hope that she can get it into Jim's hands before his train leaves. Jim manages to escape from the vault with the burglar tools, but is arrested for being a safe cracker. Sam follows ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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29 July 1912 (USA)  »

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A cleverly pictured double impersonation
7 January 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A farce comedy featuring Mr. Charles Clary, who plays in it a cleverly pictured double impersonation. It has a very novel situation. The hero doesn't know that he is carrying the valise of a burglar; but the burglar does and is following. The hero applies to an unscrupulous man, his double, for a loan. This man, to get an inheritance coming to the hero, locks him in a safe in his office. The tools in the valise help him to get out. At this point he is arrested as a safe cracker. His wife, arriving with his right valise and an explanation that tallies with his story, saves him from a serious predicament. It is an impossible story as pictured, yet gets over on its novelty and its clever acting and scene-making. La Fayette McKee plays the burglar; Lillian Leighton is the housekeeper; Capitola Holmes, her daughter; Mac Barnes is the police sergeant, and the policemen are Harry McCabe, Colin Reid, Frank De Camp and Charles De Delzecchie. - The Moving Picture World, August 10, 1912


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