Best Crime Movies of 1905
The Life of Charles Peace
The story of Charles Peace, one of Britain's most notorious criminals. Peace was an expert in cat burglary. The film reconstructs Peace's real-life leap from a train on his way to trial for the murder of Arthur Dyson.
A happy Russian family is broken up when their patriarch is arrested for treason. His distraught wife joins the secret society of nihilists and is assigned to commit an act of terror. Based on the play "Vera; or, The Nihilists" by Oscar Wilde.
An Execution by Hanging
Hangman brings criminal to gallows, places hood on head, priest prays.
Police Chasing Scorching Auto
Police officers pursue a speeding automobile that almost hit a small child. This short is an outtake from Life of an American Policeman (1905). Once that film had been edited to fit a standard 1,000 foot reel, this sequence was left over, so it was sold as a separate short.
The story of a group of counterfeiters, caught, and then escaping from prison.
Les voleurs d'enfants
A gang of child thieves take one away and hand him over to other gypsies who dress him in rags and cruelly mistreat him. The boy wants to escape and the police find them. The father shoots one of the gypsies and the others are happily arrested.
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The millionaire's child is kidnapped. Sherlock Holmes after many thrilling adventures and narrow escapes rescues the child.
Desperate Encounter Between Burglar and Police
Film shot with the help of the New York City (Metropolitan) Police.