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The Invisible Thief (1909)

Le voleur invisible (original title)
A man buys the novel The Invisible Man by "G.H. Wells" at a bookshop, and in it finds the recipe for Wells' invisibility potion. Then the opportunity makes the thief.


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This picture, which abounds in funny situations, is a marvel for its tricks in photography and leaves the spectator spellbound with amazement over the many unique incidents which take place in the course of the story. In the first picture we see a fellow bent upon perpetrating a theft, entering the room where, after drinking a notion from a bottle, he becomes invisible. We can just barely see the outline of the figure as it leaves the room and again he turns up near a fashionable dwelling where he again becomes invisible and entering the place, helps himself to all the valuables within reach. He then returns to his room and after changing his costume, goes down to the street where he steals a woman's pocketbook. A policeman who witnesses the dishonest act gives chase and soon catches the thief, but the latter has the upper hand, and just as he is entering his home, again he disappears into vapor, leaving the officer spellbound. The thief gets to his room and as the policeman makes an ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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17 July 1909 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The Invisible Thief
21 August 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Invisible Thief (1909)

*** (out of 4)

This French film has a man buying H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man book and getting the idea of turning himself invisible so that he can commit crimes. Apparently the book itself gives the chemical to turn yourself invisible so the would-be thief has no problems doing it. THE INVISIBLE THIEF is in no way, shape or form a masterpiece but it's an interesting little movie and especially when you consider the era that it was made. If you're expecting something like James Whale's THE INVISIBLE MAN then you can forget it. With that said, fans of that film are going to enjoy this because it shares some of the same story including the man living in a boarding house with a landlady as well as another scene where he beats up some cops. The special effects are very obvious today because when he's invisible you can still see the outline of the actor. But again, this was 1909 we're talking about so you can't be too hard. Some of the other effects like the moving furniture is something Georges Melies was doing better even a decade earlier.

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