Best Crime Movies of 1908


Money Mad

5.8/10 IMDB

The central figure is an old miser, a Harpagon of sorts, who, like Frosine, stashes his ill-gotten money in a secret cellar. While the miser is at the bank, exchanging stolen notes for gold coin, a couple of thugs witness the transaction and see their opportunity-- It seems avarice grips the hearts of all those who'd possess the bag.

Starring: Charles Inslee, George Gebhardt, Arthur V. Johnson, Florence Lawrence, Jeanie Macpherson, Mack Sennett, Harry Solter ..
Directed by: D. W. Griffith
Release date: 1908-12-04
Best Crime Movies of 1908 : The Bank Robbery

The Bank Robbery

5.1/10 IMDB

A gang of outlaws are planning a bank robbery. After making preparations, they commit the robbery and make their escape amidst a sharp exchange of bullets. They return to their meeting place, and then hurriedly continue onwards, with lawmen close behind them.

Starring: Al J. Jennings, Frank Canton, Quanah Parker, Heck Thomas, William Tilghman ..
Directed by: William Tilghman
Release date: 1908-12-27

For Love of Gold

6.2/10 IMDB

It is often said there is honor among thieves, but not so, as we shall see in this story. Two denizens of the underworld are seen in their squalid furnished room planning a robbery. Their intended victim is known to hold at all times in his safe at home a large sum of money and a wealth of jewels. Gathering together the tools of their nefarious calling, they start off, arriving at the house shortly after the master had retired for the night.

Starring: Harry Solter, George Gebhardt, Charles Gorman, Charles Inslee ..
Directed by: D. W. Griffith
Release date: 1908-08-21

The Fatal Hour

5.4/10 IMDB

This one-reeler has been regarded as a classic example of a Griffith thriller. It engages with the Chinese White slave traffic from the perspective of a female detective, played by Marion Leonard, whose assignment is to expose and break the traffic ring. A fragment is widely available.

Starring: George Gebhardt, Harry Solter, Linda Arvidson, Florence Auer, Charles Gorman, D.W. Griffith, Marion Leonard, Jeanie Macpherson, Anthony O'Sullivan, Mack Sennett ..
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
Release date: 1908-08-18

Sherlock Holmes in the Great Murder Mystery

4.3/10 IMDB

Our picture relates to a crime committed by a Gorilla who escapes from his cage and through circumstantial evidence a young man, whom we will call in our story Jim, is accused and is just about to be convicted. Can Sherlock Holmes free him in time? (Moving Picture World)

Starring: William Kolle, Fred J. Balshofer, Hermann Kolle ..
Release date: 1908-11-01

The Man in the Box

0.0/10 IMDB

A poorly compensated bank clerk is, we may say, to that trying position of "Tantalus" in sight of tons of money but not a dollar of his own. This became more torturing as time went on, until at last, when the bank was arranging to ship a large quantity of cash to the West to relieve the recent money stringency, he made up his mind to heed the solicitude of that specter which had haunted him. Listening to the instructions given to the bank's messenger as to the shipment of the funds, he hustles off to a gang of crooks in whose company he had fallen.

Starring: Edward Dillon, D. W. Griffith, George Gebhardt, Gene Gauntier, Mack Sennett, Anthony O'Sullivan ..
Directed by: Wallace McCutcheon
Release date: 1908-06-19

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