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Daylight Burglary (1903)

A Daring Daylight Burglary (original title)
A thief jumps a fence and removes the shutter from a house. He enters, but a lad who's witnessed the crime runs off to hail the coppers. The first officer on the scene climbs the fence, ... See full summary »
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A thief jumps a fence and removes the shutter from a house. He enters, but a lad who's witnessed the crime runs off to hail the coppers. The first officer on the scene climbs the fence, enters the house, and is soon fighting with the thief on the roof. The cop is injured and requires an ambulance. Meanwhile, the thief flees, pursued by more men in blue. He jumps onto a train. Has he escaped? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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UK

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June 1903 (USA) See more »

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Daylight Burglary See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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The cast was made up of members of the Sheffield Fire Brigade. See more »

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Featured in Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1995) See more »

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Action-packed blockbuster
8 June 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

This early British film from the Sheffield Photographic company was one of two films that heavily influenced Edwin S. Porter when making The Great Train Robbery - a film which is erroneously credited with creating the narrative film. This film - at five minutes, quite long for its day - depicts, well, a daring daylight robbery, which is witnessed by a conscientious young boy who races to a nearby police station to raise the alarm. The film then follows the police's pursuit of the burglar over rooftops, down hillsides and across rivers, and it all makes for quite an exciting spectacle. I have to say the British were leading the way in the early years of the 20th century when it came to film production. While Edison and Vitagraph were shooting street scenes ad-nauseum, the Brits were coming up with action-packed blockbusters like this.


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