The Burglar Who Robbed Death (1913)

A doctor, disgraced because of his drinking problem, turns to burglary.


Lem B. Parker


Lanier Bartlett


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Cast overview:
Harold Lockwood ... Dr. Armand
Kathlyn Williams ... Mrs. Harrison
Al Ernest Garcia ... Mr. Harrison
Baby Lillian Wade ... The Harrison Child
Dorothy Arnold Dorothy Arnold ... Mrs. Armand
Audrey Littlefield Audrey Littlefield ... Baby Armand
Jessie Wyckoff Jessie Wyckoff ... The Nurse
Daisy Prideaux Daisy Prideaux ... Mrs. Armand's Nurse
Lillian Clark Lillian Clark


A promising young physician has an inherent weakness for drink. He is devoted to his wife and child. At one fell swoop, diphtheria takes from him both wife and child. He loses his nerve yields himself up completely to liquor, loses his practice, his friends and his self-respect. He finally arrives at the bottom of the ladder where weakened and penniless, he falls in with a gang of yeggs and is persuaded to undertake a burglary. He spots the Harrison home, observes that Mrs. Harrison has been left alone this particular night and enters by the upper balcony, first cutting the 'phone wires. He comes face to face with the mother endeavoring to save her child from dying in a violent fit of sickness which has attacked it. She can't get the doctor on the "dead" 'phone, and dares not leave the child to summon help. The burglar throws aside the rich haul of jewels he has just pocketed, trusts his fate in the hands of the woman, and works over the child with all his old professional skill. He ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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burglar | medical doctor | See All (2) »


Drama | Short







Release Date:

30 April 1913 (USA) See more »

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Time and attention were lost on unimportant details
3 September 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The burglar is a broken down doctor and finds while following his new calling of burglar that his professional services are greatly needed by a child. So he who had broken in to steal remains to cure. This situation is interesting; but it might have been worked up more effectively. Some time and attention were lost on unimportant details. The picture is fairly well acted and clearly photographed, and will be reasonably popular. It is written by Lanier Bartlett and produced by Lem Parker. Kathlyn Williams plays the mother of the child and Harold Lockwood the doctor. - The Moving Picture World, May 17, 1913

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