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The Thieving Hand (1908)

A one-armed man obtains an artificial limb which he cannot control.

Director:

J. Stuart Blackton (uncredited)

Star:

Paul Panzer
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Uncredited cast:
Paul Panzer ... Man Buying Artificial Limb (uncredited)
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Storyline

Indebted to the honest one-armed street beggar who returned his precious ring to him, a well-off gentleman decides to repay the favour by purchasing him a new mechanical wind-up arm. Without a doubt, this fully-functional artificial limb will change the poor vagabond's life for the better, nevertheless, even the most sophisticated machines are sometimes flawed. Written by Nick Riganas

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Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Short

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1908 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A tolvaj kéz See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The pawnbroker is wearing an artificial nose, presumably to make him look more Jewish. See more »

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2 Interesting Shorts
28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Thieving Hand, The (1908)

** (out of 4)

Very interesting, if not totally successful comedy about a one-armed man who buys a fake arm, which turns out to have a life of its own. The special effects and set design are terrific in this short and pretty much ahead of their time but the "laughs" just never come due to some timid direction.

Impossible Convicts (1905)

*** (out of 4)

Interesting short about four convicts who try to escape from jail. The technique used here is that the film was shot in a few takes with the action-taking place backwards. This makes for some nice scenes as well as a unique feel.


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