The Thieving Hand

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The Thieving Hand
StarringPaul Panzer
Distributed byVitagraph Studios
Release date
  • February 1, 1908 (1908-02-01)
Running time
6 minutes (16 frames per second)
CountryUnited States

The Thieving Hand is a 1908 American silent short film. It is credited for its astounding trick photography and effects for its age.

The film was shot on location in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City and released on February 1, 1908 in the United States.

It is one of the 50 films in the 4-disc boxed DVD set called Treasures from American Film Archives (2000), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. The film's print is preserved by the George Eastman House.[1]

In November 2008, it was shown in Leeds Film Festival, as part of Back to the Electric Palace, with live music by Sasha Siem, performed in partnership with Opera North.


A one-armed beggar receives a new limb from a strange store that specializes in human appendages. The new arm has a mind of its own, though, and brings the man nothing but trouble.


  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Thieving Hand". Silent Era. Retrieved 2010-06-27.

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