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Cab Number 519 (1909)
"Droske 519" (original title)

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A young man suddenly inherits a fortune. The man's friend decides to make himself master of that fortune, and so by the aid of an unscrupulous assistant he manages to kidnap his friend, to ... See full summary »

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August Blom
Aage Brandt
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Gustav Lund
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A young man suddenly inherits a fortune. The man's friend decides to make himself master of that fortune, and so by the aid of an unscrupulous assistant he manages to kidnap his friend, to impersonate him, and to actually obtain the money. Now, to reach this point a number of startling adventures have to be gone through. The real owner of the fortune is lured into a cab, and is drugged in that vehicle. He is taken on board a ship and placed in a cabin in charge of one of the villains of the piece. But Holmes has been busy. Early on in the game he got the number of the cab and traced it in its wanderings to the house in which the unconscious victim was temporarily placed. Holmes runs the cabman to earth, binds his arms and renders him helpless. Then he starts in pursuit of the ship. He gets on board. He takes the cabin next to that in which the drugged victim lies, and just at the moment when the latter is to be thrown overboard by the man in whose power he is Holmes appears, effects a... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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2 June 1909 (USA)  »

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Very skilfully worked out
27 September 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

In the film under review we are treated to a very melodramatic story, very skilfully worked out, which we think will be popular with all classes of audience. The picture is full of excitement from start to finish. The story is handled clearly and explicitly throughout. It is told against a number of well-chosen scenes and the excitement rises to its greatest height on the deck of the steamer, where the body of the unconscious victim is to be thrown overboard. The drugging in the cab is also an exciting moment. Indeed the play is highly dramatic throughout. The photographs are well executed and the acting all that is required in a piece of this kind. Melodrama such as "Cab Number 519" does not call for much subtlety of dramatic interpretation; it all has to be plain, decisive and incisive. That is what we get in this story. The film is of the best of its kind. Holmes works on very slender materials; he also works rationally and naturally. There is no straining after effect, and so the impression on the minds of the audience is that of a logical series of incidents leading up to the conventional defeat of villainy and triumph of virtue. And when a story worked out on these lines holds the interest of its audience from end to end, then be sure it will receive the stamp of popular approval. - The Moving Picture World, June 5, 1909


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