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:
A Romance of the Redwoods (1917)
Larcenous February at MS? Hey, I’m totally good with it 😉
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.
Oh my! Yes, the earliest gangster film I have seen is The Black Hand from 1906 but I am absolutely certain there was something earlier. Gangs were a hot topic.
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