A Thief in the Night (1913)

The husband comes home ill and when the doctor is summoned he leaves medicine with directions that it be given to the invalid every half hour. Night comes on and the wife prepares for a ... See full summary »

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Edmund Lawrence
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tom Moore ... The Thief
Alice Joyce ... The Wife
Stephen Purdee Stephen Purdee ... The Husband
Richard Purdon ... The Doctor
John G. Sparks John G. Sparks ... The Constable
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The husband comes home ill and when the doctor is summoned he leaves medicine with directions that it be given to the invalid every half hour. Night comes on and the wife prepares for a lonely vigil that she may faithfully administer the medicine. In the still hours of the early morning a thief breaks into the library. The wife starts at the sound and breaks the bottle. She knows that if the husband learns of the presence of the intruder he will succumb to the shock. There is no telephone in the house and as the nearest neighbor is almost a block away the woman is frantic when she discovers it is time to give the medicine. She pursues the only course and appeals to the thief. The latter, fearing a trap, will not listen to the request and proceeds to fill a sack with loot, seeing that the wife is defenseless. Stepping to the curtain he realizes the seriousness of the woman's predicament and finally consents to secure a new supply of medicine from the doctor. When the burglar is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short

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A comedy made on an old-time tragedy situation
8 October 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The good photography is one of the first things to be noticed in this offering; one little series of scenes is a marvel. The picture is a comedy made on an old-time tragedy situation. The opening makes us expect the old story, but our attention is engaged as soon as we see the new way in which it is developed. It won laughter from a part of the audience on account of the acting of Tom Moore, the thief, and of John G. Sparks, the constable. The weakness of the whole comes from the fact that these are the only ones whose roles are not tragic. Alice Joyce plays the wife of a sick man. Stephen Burdee, who will die if excited. Richard Burdon plays the doctor. - The Moving Picture World, August 2, 1913


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1913 (USA) See more »

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Kalem Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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