Monday, January 21, 2013

The Little Train Robbery - 1905

Country: United States
Language: English
Director: Edwin S. Porter
Release Date: 1 September 1905 (USA)
Filming Locations: Versailles, Pennsylvania, USA
Production Co: Edison Manufacturing Company
Sound Mix: Silent
Color: Black and White
Plot Keywords: Escape | Horse | Parody | Train Robbery | Kiddie Train  | Mask | Rowboat | Bandit | Hideout | Boy | Swimming | Barn | Police Chase | Loot | Children | Girl | Child As Adult | Diving | Spoof Title | Arrest | Pursuit | Hit On The Head | Police Pursuit | River
Genres: Short | Action | Crime | Family | Western
In this parody of 1903's _Great Train Robbery, The (1903)_ , also made by Edwin S. Porter, young bandits rob the passengers of a kiddie train and are chased by police officers.
Seven or eight fellows are sitting around when their boss, a gal, tells them to put on their masks; she brings in a blindfolded man and sends the boys out to do a job. They borrow horses, block a train track, and set up an ambush. They knock out the engineer and rob each passenger, all of whom are dressed in white. The gang escapes in the first car of the train, then they remount their horses and scramble through forest and across a creek. Police pursue on foot. Back at the hideout, the gang split the swag and run from the cops. The gang tries swimming to safety, but the cops have a rowboat. Will any escape?
The little train carrying the children appears to have the words "Olympia Park RR" written on its side, which might or might not be an indication of where it was, at least partially, filmed.
Featured in Edison: The Invention of the Movies (2005) (Video) - The entire film is included on the DVD

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