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The Life of Charles Peace (1905)

The story of Charles Peace, one of Britain's most notorious criminals. Peace was an expert in cat burglary. The film reconstructs Peace's real-life leap from a train on his way to trial for... See full summary »

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William Haggar
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Walter Haggar Walter Haggar ... Charles Peace
Violet Haggar Violet Haggar ... Mrs. Dyson
Lily Haggar Lily Haggar ... Peace's accomplice
James Haggar James Haggar ... Dyson
Henry Haggar Henry Haggar ... First policeman
Fred Haggar Fred Haggar ... Second policeman (as Frederick Haggar)
Joe Giddings Joe Giddings ... Third policeman
Sarah Haggar Sarah Haggar ... Peace's mother
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The story of Charles Peace, one of Britain's most notorious criminals. Peace was an expert in cat burglary. The film reconstructs Peace's real-life leap from a train on his way to trial for the murder of Arthur Dyson. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

September 1905 (UK) See more »

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William Haggar and Sons See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A pioneering chase drama
18 July 2006 | by peterjohnyorkeSee all my reviews

This film has been called "The first British fiction film in the real sense of the word", and has been compared with "The Great Train Robbery" in that respect. It lasts 11 minutes (long for its time - 1905) and comprises 10 scenes. It tells the story of the Victorian murderer, Charles Peace, who graduated from burglary to murder, and portrays his flight, arrest, identification and execution. It is thus both a drama and a chase film, and its editing and camera positions ensure a gripping pace throughout. A detailed analysis of the film, and the story of its making will be found in my book, "William Haggar - fairground film-maker", to be published by Accent Press Ltd. in May 2007. For further details, visit www.williamhaggar.co.uk


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