Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Kleptomaniac - 1905

Country: United States
Language: English
Director: Edwin S. Porter
Stars: Aline Boyd, Phineas Nairs and Jane Stewart
Release Date: February 1905 (USA)
Production Co: Edison Manufacturing Company
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Department Store | Shoplifting | Poverty | Melodrama | Arrest  |  Class Differences | Theft | Social Issues | Urban | Courtroom
Genres: Crime | Drama | Short
A well-dressed woman leaves her home and takes a carriage to a department store. While she is in the store, she steals several items, and is caught by store employees. Meanwhile, a poor woman with two small children steals a loaf of bread out of desperation, and she is quickly caught and arrested. Both women are taken to the police station and then into court, to see what penalty each of them must face.
Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) (Video) - The entire film is included on the DVD 

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