The Burglar


1917

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 29, 1917
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
World Film Corp.
Distribution Company
World Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Editha's Burglar by Augustus Thomas (New York, 20 Sep 1887).

Synopsis

While breaking into a house as a prank, William Lewis and some of his college friends are interrupted by a policeman, whom they accidentally shoot. Will's companion Sid Burns accuses him of the crime, but Will escapes to a distant city where he meets and marries Alice Hamilton. After a year of happiness which sees the birth of his daughter Editha, Will is working as a bank teller when Burns finds him and threatens exposure unless Will agrees to help him rob the bank. During the robbery, Burns is caught and reveals Will's past. Will is arrested and sentenced to twenty years imprisonment, but escapes. After his death is reported, Alice, believing that she is a widow, marries Paul Benton, her former suitor, and several years later, Will arrives in the same city in which Alice is living. He enters her home for the purpose of robbery, but is deterred by the appearance of his little daughter. Paul and Alice, awakened by the noise, come downstairs and find Editha in her father's arms. Brokenhearted, Will runs from the house and is shot by a policeman. Before he dies, Will learns that Burns has confessed to the crime that had destroyed his life.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 29, 1917
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
World Film Corp.
Distribution Company
World Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Editha's Burglar by Augustus Thomas (New York, 20 Sep 1887).

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Although the general release date of this film was October 29, 1917, the film had a special limited engagement beginning on September 30, 1917 at the Park Theater in New York City.