The Thieving Hand (1908)

Article 2692 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-10-2008
Posting Date: 12-26-2008
Directed by J. Stuart Blackton
Featuring Paul Panzer
Country: USA

A one-armed beggar returns a valuable item to a man who dropped it. The man rewards the beggar by buying him a prosthetic arm to replace his missing one. Unfortunately, it turns out that the prosthetic limb has a mind of its own… and is a kleptomaniac.

Don’t you hate it when good deeds bring us to a bad end? One can’t help but feel sorry for the poor beggar in this comedy, who, despite his best efforts, finds himself plagued by his own artificial limb; it even engages in thievery when detached. It may be the first crawling hand movie, as well as being something of a forerunner of the various versions of “The Hands of Orlac”. All in all, this is an amusing and interesting silent short.



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