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An Amateur Burglar (1915)
Short | Short, Comedy

Because Mr. Jones is unable to come home at a reasonable hour, Mrs. Jones takes away his latchkey. He does not reform, however, and after an evening spent at his club, he wanders around and at last turns towards his happy home, a little ...See moreBecause Mr. Jones is unable to come home at a reasonable hour, Mrs. Jones takes away his latchkey. He does not reform, however, and after an evening spent at his club, he wanders around and at last turns towards his happy home, a little unsteady on his feet, due to too many "bracers." At the club, Davis ridicules the police and makes a wager that he can rob a house and not be caught. His wager is taken up and he goes home to his apartment to get ready, and there finds a real-live burglar. He takes the man's outer garments away, dons them himself and after locking the burglar up in a room, starts out in search of a suitable house to "rob." He comes across the Jones' house and with a skeleton key, endeavors to open the door. Jones who sees him, thinks he is at the wrong house, and staggers over to a neighbor's house, which he mistakes for his own. Not having any key, he tries to get in through a window. By this time Davis' real burglar has escaped and run foul of the police. Mrs. Jones, who has been sitting up waiting for Jones, hears a sound and as Davis creeps in, hits him over the head with her rolling-pin. Discovering her mistake, she phones the police telling them she has captured a burglar in her house. The Browns, next door, have been awakened by Jones' efforts to get in through the window and also summon help. As a result, when Jones and Davis finally make their escape, they meet with a bang and before they can make a getaway the real burglar, pursued by the police, came sprawling on top of them. The policemen arrive and in the excitement the burglar steals away, enters the Jones' house, gathers up some silver and "beats it." Davis is taken away by a policeman, while Jones is yanked into the house by his irate wife. Suddenly they discover the place has been robbed and rush to the police station to report their loss. Davis succeeds in breaking away from the policeman, and runs into the burglar, carrying the loot away from the Joneses. He takes the silver away from him and rushes back to the club, and there claims he has won the bet. The club fellows are incredulous, however, and send one of their number to the police station for verification. When the man arrives, he finds the Joneses there lamenting their stolen property. Upon displaying the silver, the Joneses cry aloud for joy, embrace him and leave, happy in the recovery of their property. The clubman phones his club and tells them Davis has lost, whereupon he is obliged to "cash in." Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Alexander F. Frank (as Alex Frank)
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Updated Mar 25, 1915

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Mar 25, 1915 (United States)

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