The Evidence of the Film (January 10, 1913)

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The Evidence of the Film
 

Released on January 10, 1913: A crooked stock broker's scheme to frame a young messenger boy for theft is foiled when a motion picture company accidentally films the switch.

Produced by Edwin Thanhouser

Directed by Lawrence Marston

The Actors: William Garwood (Henry Watson the stock broker), Marie Eline (the messenger boy), Florence La Badie (sister of messenger boy), Riley Chamberlin (clerk), Edwin Thanhouser (himself, motion picture president showing the film to the police detectives)

 

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Science Solving Crime

Well, as I write this the most popular television shows in America have long been shows that solved crimes by using cutting edge, almost science-fiction methods to solve what might be a perfect crime without the science. Back in 1913 when motion pictures were the stuff of wonder and amazement, producer Edwin Thanhouser got the idea of solving a crime with this new invention, and in the process a hundred years later we get to see a rare instance of the man himself, Edwin Thanhouser, in the movies. Yes, this short drama about a motion picture solving a crime by accidentally filming the villain as he makes the switch and stealing the money also provides us with a rare glimpse of the man who took motion pictures to a new level, teaching future generations of film makers how to lay out a spellbinding story on film. Edwin Thanhouser was a Broadway producer who saw what no one else saw in this new method of making pictures move. Maybe he saw a short clip of something in a nickelodeon at a street amusement hall, or maybe he saw a short motion picture at one of the new theaters that were popping up . . . In any case, Broadway producer Edwin Thanhouser got an idea that no one else got in 1910 . . . while Thomas Edison and others were producing films that made people gape in amazement at moving pictures by filming just about everything that moved, Edwin Thanhouser wondered why no one was putting the great stories of the stage on this new technology. He rented an old skating rink in New Rochelle outside of Manhattan and started putting thought-provoking stories on film. In this short story Florence La Badie, the leading lady in many of Thanhouser's films, is editing film shot the previous day and spots the villain exchanging envelopes with her little brother. Edwin Thanhouser himself goes in front of the camera to play the film company owner who screens the film for the police detectives and Florence La Badie, giving us a very rare 1913 glimpse of the man who helped shape motion pictures as a pioneer of the film industry. Pop a little bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Edwin Thanhouser explains the screening room to Florence La Badie and the detectives
Edwin Thanhouser explains the screening room to Florence La Badie and the detectives
Edwin Thanhouser shows the detectives and Florence La Badie out of the screening room
Edwin Thanhouser shows the detectives and Florence La Badie out of the screening room
Florence La Badie
Florence La Badie
Florence La Badie in the Thanhouser Company film editing room
Florence La Badie in the Thanhouser Company film editing room
Florence La Badie sees the incriminating film scene
Florence La Badie sees the incriminating film scene
Florence La Badie
Florence La Badie
Marie Eline and William Garwood
Marie Eline and William Garwood
Marie Eline calls her sister when the policeman arrests her
Marie Eline calls her sister when the policeman arrests her
Marie Eline delivers the envelope
Marie Eline delivers the envelope
Riley Chamberlin gives Marie Eline the envelope of money
Riley Chamberlin gives Marie Eline the envelope of money
Marie Eline
Marie Eline in 1913
William Garwood gives the envelope of money to Riley Chamberlin
William Garwood gives the envelope of money to Riley Chamberlin
Riley Chamberlin and the secretary
Riley Chamberlin and the secretary
The policeman takes Marie Eline to the judge
The policeman takes Marie Eline to the judge
The switch is caught on camera
The switch is caught on camera
William Garwood and Riley Chamberlin
William Garwood and Riley Chamberlin
William Garwood
William Garwood
William Garwood follows Marie Eline
William Garwood follows Marie Eline
William Garwood faces the client and Marie Eline
William Garwood faces the client and Marie Eline
William Garwood sees the film evidence that proves he is guilty
William Garwood sees the film evidence that proves he is guilty