The Exquisite Thief (1919)

Drama | 28 April 1919

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HISTORY

The title of this film was changed from Raggedy Ann . Production began 5 Jan 1919. Exteriors for the film were shot near Big Bear, ... More Less

The title of this film was changed from Raggedy Ann . Production began 5 Jan 1919. Exteriors for the film were shot near Big Bear, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
12 Jan 19
p. 9.
MPN
19 Apr 19
p. 2529.
MPW
12 Apr 19
p. 279.
Variety
24 May 19
p. 1159.
Variety
4 Apr 19
p. 67.
CAST
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PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
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Asst dir
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "Raggedy Ann" by Charles W. Tyler in Detective Stories (publication date undetermined).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Raggedy Ann
Release Date:
28 April 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 April 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13573
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Master thief Blue Jean Billie, the unknown perpetrator of many sensational jewel heists, robs the guests at the exclusive party marking the engagement of Muriel Vanderflip to Algernon P. Smythe, Lord Chesterton. Overpowering Detective Wood, specially stationed there to stop her, Muriel escapes with her chauffeur, Shaver Michael. After Shaver's car overturns, Billie surprises her pursuers, and at gunpoint, makes them return, but Smythe, hiding on the side of Shaver's car, accompanies them until Billie discovers him and makes him take them to his home, where she holds him prisoner. To Shaver's dismay, Billie and Smythe fall in love. After they escape a police raid, Smythe convinces Billie to send the jewels back and marry him. Although she has her doubts when she learns that Smythe is really the international crook "English Harry," after he fights Shaver and locks him and Wood in their retreat with the stolen jewels, Billie and Harry make their final escape vowing to go ... +


Master thief Blue Jean Billie, the unknown perpetrator of many sensational jewel heists, robs the guests at the exclusive party marking the engagement of Muriel Vanderflip to Algernon P. Smythe, Lord Chesterton. Overpowering Detective Wood, specially stationed there to stop her, Muriel escapes with her chauffeur, Shaver Michael. After Shaver's car overturns, Billie surprises her pursuers, and at gunpoint, makes them return, but Smythe, hiding on the side of Shaver's car, accompanies them until Billie discovers him and makes him take them to his home, where she holds him prisoner. To Shaver's dismay, Billie and Smythe fall in love. After they escape a police raid, Smythe convinces Billie to send the jewels back and marry him. Although she has her doubts when she learns that Smythe is really the international crook "English Harry," after he fights Shaver and locks him and Wood in their retreat with the stolen jewels, Billie and Harry make their final escape vowing to go straight. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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