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The Evidence of the Film


This Thanhouser one-reeler is an especially impressive and witty example of early cinema, a melodrama which laughs at itself and uses the filmmaking process as a backdrop. A shifty broker (William Garwood) steals 20,000 dollars in stock from a client by following the little messenger boy (played by "Thanhouser Kid" Marie Eline), bumping into him, and switching envelopes. The client is horrified when she discovers she's been tricked, and the boy is blamed for the crime. His sister (Florence LaBadie) works...more