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The Evidence of the Film (1913)

Not Rated | | Crime, Short | 10 January 1913 (USA)
A messenger boy is wrongfully accused of stealing bonds worth $20,000.
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Cast overview:
William Garwood ... Henry Watson - the Broker
Marie Eline ... Messenger Boy
Florence La Badie ... Sister of Little Boy
Riley Chamberlin ... Clerk
Mignon Anderson ... Secretary


A girl who worked in the joining room of a motion picture factory had a little brother, of whom she was very fond. He visited the plant one day, and saw from "the inside" how pictures were made. The youngster was a messenger boy, and later was summoned to the office of a broker, and given a package which he was to deliver to a rich woman up town. The woman received the package herself, opened it in his presence, but found only bits of blank paper, instead of the bonds she had expected. At first she suspected the broker, but he clearly proved that, in the presence of two witnesses, he had placed the bonds in an envelope, and carefully sealed them up. The messenger boy protested his innocence, but the woman and the broker both insisted the he be prosecuted, and the weeping child was locked in a cell. His sister pleaded with his accuser, but in vain, and for several days the case against the boy was dark. One morning while joining film the girl happened to glance with extra care at one ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

10 January 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Доказательство съемки See more »

Filming Locations:

New Rochelle, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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One of the few remaining films of the early Thanhouser film studio, located in city of New Rochelle, NY, just north of NYC, operating from 1909-17. Most of Thanhouser films are lost. See more »


SPOILERS. When the sister discovers the footage of the crime being committed, the insert shots showing the film are of a different angle than what is actually projected later. See more »

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An excellent example of why Thanhouser films need to be found
5 July 2015 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

"Evidence of the film" is an excellent example of inventive filmic story-telling, downright startling in its originality and creativity for 1913.

But a good film for any age.

Another example from Thanhouser, the long-defunct studio working in New Rochelle, New York, "Evidence" is one of fewer than 200 films that have been found, out of some 1,000 produced.

It is a small film, but with a dramatic story and superlative actors and, as I said, marvelously inventive method of presenting the story.

A messenger boy, played by the remarkable Marie Eline, is accused of a crime, and his sister, played by the even more remarkable Florence La Badie, who died too, too young (and we can only imagine what heights of stardom she could have reached), works to find the evidence that will prove his innocence.

Too many other reviewers have given away the story, but I won't. Instead I will repeat, this is a wonderful find, a discovery of a film previously thought lost, and it is more evidence a major effort must be expended to find all the Thanhouser films extant.

"Evidence" was shown on Turner Classic Movies on 5 July 2015, one of three Thanhouser films following a documentary about the studio. I hope to see it again and highly recommend it to you.

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