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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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... Henry Watson - the Broker
... Messenger Boy
... Sister of Little Boy
... Clerk
... Secretary
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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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Crime | Short

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Also Known As:

Доказательство съемки  »

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The film features a 11-year Marie Eline, one of the movies earliest childhood stars. She was known to film audiences as the Thanhouser Kid. Marie plays the part of he Messenger "Boy" in this film. See more »

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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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Excellent Crime Film
7 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

The Evidence of the Film (1913)

**** (out of 4)

Excellent Thanhouser film has a broker stealing $20,000 from a person who demands it back. He sets up a plot to where it seems like a messenger boy is delivering the money but he actually swaps out the envelope, which leads the boy into trouble. What neither of them expected was a film crew to be on the scene.

THE EVIDENCE OF THE FILM is without question one of the studios greatest films. Considering over eight hundred of their films are currently lost, it's hard to go out on a limb and call it the greatest but it's certainly an important film that mixed drama and crime with movies playing an important part in the story. What makes this film so special is that it actually gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the Thanhouser editing room, which is great to see today. Another strong aspect is that the story itself is quite clever even though the title of the film pretty much gives away the ending. Still, there's no question that this is a rather important one and an excellent one at that.


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