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The Cub Reporter's Temptation (1913)

The Police Department learns that certain criminals are in the city, and Spider, a stool pigeon, is sent out to make inquiry regarding their proposed operations. An "upstairs job" is ... See full summary »

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Earle Foxe ... Bud Collins - a Cub Reporter
... Alice Collins - Bud's Sister
... Spider - a Stool Pigeon
Matt Snyder ... Police Inspector (as Matt B. Snyder)
Charles M. King ... City Editor
... Mr. Newcombe
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The Police Department learns that certain criminals are in the city, and Spider, a stool pigeon, is sent out to make inquiry regarding their proposed operations. An "upstairs job" is planned and the crooks reach the top of a building by way of a fire-escape. Spider, who has joined the party, remains below, acting as lookout and officers arrive through prearranged plans. Several policemen ascend the fire-escape, while others wait below. All of the crooks are captured, except the one who has the custody of the loot, a package of money, and this is dropped down a chimney by the desperate man who is pursued over the house-tops and fears that he will he caught with the goods. The burglar is apprehended when he readies the alley and a search of the gang at headquarters proves futile. Bud Collins, who supports his sister, works as cub reporter on "The Star." While he sits at his fireplace, brooding over his meager salary, the package of money rolls to his feet and the young people regard it ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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25 January 1913 (USA)  »

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It wasn't written concretely
13 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

A newspaper story with some very interesting views taken from the roof of a large building in New York City. These serve as the setting for a chase of a gang of second story men. The chief of the gang, pressed too hard by the police, throws down a chimney a bundle of bills, and these fall into the room of a cub reporter working for twelve a week. They are his temptation. The story fails to capture our attention as strongly as some of the recent Kalems, partly because it is not forcefully acted and partly because it wasn't written concretely; it is more like a newspaper account of the incident than like a story made effective by wisely choosing only what is necessary. There is some fine photography, and the story has a new incident. Earle Foxe plays the reporter; Alice Joyce, his wife; Tom Moore, a stool pigeon, and Matt B. Snider, Charles M. King and Richard Purdon have lesser roles. - The Moving Picture World, February 8, 1913


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