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The Vanishing Cracksman (1913)

Sir Horace Wyvern's daughter, who was to be married shortly, had received some valuable presents for her wedding, largely from the grateful patients of her father, who was the greatest ... See full summary »

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Detective Hamilton Cleek (as Ben Wilson)
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Ailea Lorne
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Charles Ransom
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Sir Horace Wyvern's daughter, who was to be married shortly, had received some valuable presents for her wedding, largely from the grateful patients of her father, who was the greatest brain specialist in Europe. Cleek, in disguise, went to the police station and left a letter there, in which he coolly informed the astonished officers that he intended to steal Sir Horace's jewels on the following night. Police inspector Narkhorn, and a trusty detective named Petrie, went to the Wyvern mansion on the evening in question, and were admitted to the room in which the wedding presents were placed. Telling Sir Horace and his niece, Miss Lorne, that they might retire without fear, Narkhorn hid himself under the table in the room, leaving Petrie to watch the door outside. Shortly after Sir Horace had retired, Cleek, disguised as the great doctor, appeared in the hallway, and coming into the room, told Narkhorn that he feared Cleek might get in through the cellar window. Narkhorn accompanied ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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25 November 1913 (USA)  »

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The Chronicles of Cleek #1: The Vanishing Cracksman  »

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First episode in Edison's 'The Chronicles of Cleek' series. See more »

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Followed by The Mystery of the Glass Tubes (1914) See more »

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Shown in conjunction with the printing of a story in a magazine
19 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

This is the first of a series to be shown in conjunction with the printing of a story in a magazine. The subject would make an interesting first reel in multiple production. It is a question as to its value as entertainment, except to those who follow one theater and are in a position to know when the next picture in a series is to appear. Benjamin Wilson has the part of the cracksman and Robert Brower is the police superintendent. The cracksman gives notice that he is going to get away with wedding gifts and then proceeds to do it. It does not appear how he gains entrance to the house. - The Moving Picture World, December 6, 1913


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