Film, Video The society Raffles

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Title
The society Raffles
Summary
Opens on a set of a nicely-decorated living room, with a door stage left and a settee in front of an open window in the foreground. A middle-aged man with greying hair and a mustache, wearing formal evening clothes, enters the room, looks around, and seems relieved to find it empty. He crosses to the window and signals, and a roughly-dressed "tough" appears. The two men talk, apparently making plans, and then the bandit ducks out of sight as a couple enter the room. A younger man, also in a tuxedo, introduces a woman in a white gown and jeweled tiara, then leaves. The older man invites the woman to sit. As he takes her hand and appears to court her, he cleverly slips the tiara off her head and hands it out the window to his waiting accomplice. The thief kisses her on the cheek, then checks his pocketwatch, rises, and excuses himself. The woman follows him to the door, but as she walks back to the settee she sees the tough at the window examining the tiara. She clutches her head and screams, then swoons in a faint on the sofa as the bandit runs away.
Contributor Names
Dobson, F. A., camera.
American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1905.
Subject Headings
-  Jewel thieves--Drama
-  Jewelry theft--Drama
Genre
Crime films
Silent films
Short films
Fiction films
Notes
-  H69578 U.S. Copyright Office
-  The thief is loosely based on the fictional character A.J. Raffles, the gentleman thief, created by E.W. Hornung.
-  Copyright: American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.; 7Dec1905; H69578.
-  Original main title lacking.
-  Camera, F.A. Dobson.
-  Duration: 0:48 at 17.94 fps.
-  Filmed November 24, 1905, in the Biograph New York City studio.
-  Biograph production no. 3117.
-  Paper print shelf number (LC 0953) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
-  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 303-304; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 996; Biograph production logs, v. 2: 1903-1912.
-  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
Medium
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (28 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 55 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 30 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 55 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 55 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number/Physical Location
FLA 3967 (viewing print)
FEC 2177 (viewing print)
FRA 1176 (dupe neg pic)
FPE 7663 (dupe neg pic)
FRB 1669 (master pos pic)
Box 011J (paper pos)
Box 5203F (paper pos, copy 2)
Source Collection
Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/varsmp.0953
Library of Congress Control Number
96521901
Language
Online Format
video
image
OCLC Number
11685281
Description
Opens on a set of a nicely-decorated living room, with a door stage left and a settee in front of an open window in the foreground. A middle-aged man with greying hair and a mustache, wearing formal evening clothes, enters the room, looks around, and seems relieved to find it empty. He crosses to the window and signals, and a roughly-dressed "tough" appears. The two men talk, apparently making plans, and then the bandit ducks out of sight as a couple enter the room. A younger man, also in a tuxedo, introduces a woman in a white gown and jeweled tiara, then leaves. The older man invites the woman to sit. As he takes her hand and appears to court her, he cleverly slips the tiara off her head and hands it out the window to his waiting accomplice. The thief kisses her on the cheek, then checks his pocketwatch, rises, and excuses himself. The woman follows him to the door, but as she walks back to the settee she sees the tough at the window examining the tiara. She clutches her head and screams, then swoons in a faint on the sofa as the bandit runs away.
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Dobson, F. A., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. The society Raffles. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1905. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/96521901/.

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Dobson, F. A., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1905) The society Raffles. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/96521901/.

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Dobson, F. A., Camera, American Mutoscope And Biograph Company, and Paper Print Collection. The society Raffles. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1905. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/96521901/>.