A scene from "The Black Hand"


Directed by                       Wallace McCutcheon
Cinematography by         Billy Bitzer
Starring                             Robert Vignola, Anthony O’Sullivan (gangsters)
Distributed by                   Biograph Company
Release date                      March 29, 1906
Country                             United States
Running time                    11 m.


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"The Black Hand", True Story of a Recent Occurrence in the Italian Quarter of New York, is a short crime drama.  The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our star Billy Bitzer.

A gang by the name of Black Hand demands a big amount of money from a local businessman.  If the demands are not met it threatens his daughter. Then the gang kidnaps the girl anyway and sends one of its members to collect the ransom.


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The Black Hand 1906 cinematographer Billy Bitzer 13 

   Robert Vignola and Anthony O’Sullivan


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