Stolen by Gypsies (1905)

Drama | July 1905

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HISTORY

The U.S. Library of Congress catalog gives the following description: "The film begins with a medium shot of a nursemaid dressing a child. The next scene shows the child's parents embracing the child , and the nursemaid taking the child outdoors, where the child is stolen by gypsies in a horse-drawn covered wagon. When the child is missed, a great chase of some tramps takes place, but they have ducks and not a child in their bag. A title indicates a time lapse of a year, and some gypsies come to town and the local ladies go to have their fortunes told. One notices a pale child with the gypsies and informs the parents of the kidnapped infant. The final scene shows the police holding the gypsies at bay while the baby is returned to its mother. The backgrounds used in the film were a combination of painted backdrops and actual furniture for interiors and some exteriors."
       See also Edwin Porter's Weary Willie Kidnaps a Child and co-director Wallace McCutcheon's comedy The Lost Child (both 1904).
       For more information about the early history of Thomas A. Edison's film production, see Edison Kinetoscopic Records ... More Less

The U.S. Library of Congress catalog gives the following description: "The film begins with a medium shot of a nursemaid dressing a child. The next scene shows the child's parents embracing the child , and the nursemaid taking the child outdoors, where the child is stolen by gypsies in a horse-drawn covered wagon. When the child is missed, a great chase of some tramps takes place, but they have ducks and not a child in their bag. A title indicates a time lapse of a year, and some gypsies come to town and the local ladies go to have their fortunes told. One notices a pale child with the gypsies and informs the parents of the kidnapped infant. The final scene shows the police holding the gypsies at bay while the baby is returned to its mother. The backgrounds used in the film were a combination of painted backdrops and actual furniture for interiors and some exteriors."
       See also Edwin Porter's Weary Willie Kidnaps a Child and co-director Wallace McCutcheon's comedy The Lost Child (both 1904).
       For more information about the early history of Thomas A. Edison's film production, see Edison Kinetoscopic Records (1893) More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
CINEMA 1900/1906
p. 245.
ECJ6
p. 58.
Edison Film, no. 267
5 Oct 1905.
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EMP
p. 312.
LCMP
p. 58, column 1.
LCPP
p. 218.
New York Clipper
2 Sep 1905
p. 716.
New York Clipper
11 Jan 1908
p. 1288ta.
Treasures from the Film Archives
p. 248.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
July 1905
Copyright Claimant:
Thomas A. Edison
Copyright Date:
15 July 1905
Copyright Number:
H63368
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
845
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A nursemaid takes her small charge to a park, and the moment she turns her back, gypsies in a horse-drawn covered wagon steal the child. The well-to-do parents raise an alarm over the theft of their only child, and police chase down several tramps, but they have ducks and not a child in their bag. A year later, when some gypsies come to town. local ladies go to have their fortunes told. One notices a pale gypsie child and informs the parents of the kidnapped infant. The final scene shows the police holding the gypsies at bay while the baby is returned to its mother. ... +


A nursemaid takes her small charge to a park, and the moment she turns her back, gypsies in a horse-drawn covered wagon steal the child. The well-to-do parents raise an alarm over the theft of their only child, and police chase down several tramps, but they have ducks and not a child in their bag. A year later, when some gypsies come to town. local ladies go to have their fortunes told. One notices a pale gypsie child and informs the parents of the kidnapped infant. The final scene shows the police holding the gypsies at bay while the baby is returned to its mother. +

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