Theme Month! February 2019: Burglars, Thieves and Bandits

We’re going to be very larcenous in February because we’re going to be examining silent films that prominently feature theft and particularly breaking and entering as a major plot element. Put on your masks and striped shirts!

While other suspense tropes are erroneously thought to have been common in the silent era, robbery (particularly home invasions) was the preferred flavor of peril in the nickelodeon era.

I have a nice little selection all lined up and I hope you will enjoy it. In the meantime, here are some of the robbery films I have already reviewed:

Robin Hood (1912)

The Unseen Enemy (1912)

Suspense (1913)

Alias Jimmy Valentine (1915)

The Golden Chance (1915)

Les Vampires (1915)

A Romance of the Redwoods (1917)

Forbidden Fruit (1921)

Parisian Love (1925)

The Bat (1926)

Alias Jimmy Valentine (1928)


  1. Shari Polikoff

    Another spurious ‘first’ claim: the USA Today refers to ‘Underworld’ as ‘the first gangster film,’ ignoring ‘Musketeers of Pig Alley’ and I’m sure plenty of other early examples of the genre.

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