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Film, Video The bank robbery

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  • The bank robbery


  • "This film set the pattern for the stereotyped Western. The movie begins by establishing the locale and type of living of the desperados. The camera brings them into town in such a way as to establish not only the town but what they are seeking--the bank. The bank is then robbed, and the bandits pick up their wounded and flee. Loyalty to their wounded comrade is shown as they go out of their way to leave him with a woman to be cared for. The bandits continue their flight and are followed by a woman. They set up a new camp and hide their horses. The posse comes upon the hidden horses and sets up an ambush and waits. The woman arrives in the the new camp and tells the bandits of the close pursuit of the posse. They attempt to saddle their horses but are set upon by the posse, and the film ends in a manner that became traditional--the good guys get the bad guys and the money is returned to the bank"--Early motion pictures.


  • Tilghman, William Matthew, 1854-1924, direction
  • Kent, J. B. (James B.), 1865-1945, camera
  • Jennings, Al, 1863-1961, cast
  • Thomas, Heck, 1850-1912, cast
  • Parker, Quanah, 1845?-1911, cast
  • Oklahoma Natural Mutoscene Co
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Oklahoma National Mutoscene Co., 1908.


  • -  Bank robberies--Oklahoma--Drama


  • Western films
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Fiction films


  • -  H120453 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Oklahoma Natural Mutoscene Co.; 28Dec1908; H120453.
  • -  Al Jennings, William Tilghman, Heck Thomas, Frank Canton, Quanah Parker.
  • -  Camera, J.B. Kent.
  • -  The paper prints have not been compared, but are approximately the same length despite the different number of rolls. Scenes may be out of order in all components.
  • -  Photographed in 1908 in Cache, Oklahoma and at the Wichita National Forest and Gamer Preserve (now The Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge).
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 2274) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 22-23; American Film Institute catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 70.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
  • -  16 mm dupe neg pic renumbered: FRA 2852 to FSD 1604.


  • 1 video file (digital, MPEG-4) (ca. 26 min.) : si., b&w.
  • viewing copy 1 videocassette of 1 (Digital Betacam) (ca. 26 min.) : si., b&w ; 1/2 in.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (907 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (907 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos 4 rolls (ca. 2,000 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 3 rolls (ca. 2,000 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • VAO 1802 (viewing copy)
  • FLA 5843 (viewing print)
  • FSD 1604 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 0857A, Box 0858A, Box 0859A, Box 0859B (paper pos)
  • Box 5617A, Box 5619A, Box 5621A (paper pos, copy 2)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2016600223

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Kent, J. B. , Camera, Al Jennings, Heck Thomas, Quanah Parker, Oklahoma Natural Mutoscene Co, and Paper Print Collection. The Bank Robbery. directeds by Tilghman, William Matthew, Ection United States: Oklahoma National Mutoscene Co, 1908. Video.

APA citation style:

Kent, J. B., Jennings, A., Thomas, H., Parker, Q., Oklahoma Natural Mutoscene Co & Paper Print Collection. (1908) The Bank Robbery. Tilghman, W. M., dir United States: Oklahoma National Mutoscene Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Kent, J. B. , Camera, et al. The Bank Robbery. dir by Tilghman, William Matthew, Ection United States: Oklahoma National Mutoscene Co, 1908. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.