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Robert Harron and the newspaper boy, who will become the boy detective
Directed by Wallace McCutcheon
Cinematography by Billy Bitzer
Starring unknown (the newspaper boy), Robert Harron (the messenger boy), Edward Dillon
Distributed by Biograph Company
Release date March 11, 1908
Country United States
Running time 5 m.
This film is part of our series 'Hidden Gems'. It can be watched by registered users who make a donation. For more details, please click here.
"The Boy Detective, or The Abductors Foiled" is a short crime drama. The film is included in our program to illustrate the work of our stars Robert Harron and Billy Bitzer.
This is the earliest surviving film with Robert Harron that we have. He was one month short of 15 y.o. Robert Harron plays the messenger boy, as was often the case in his first roles. Thus, we can glance at the humble beginning of his illustrious career, which would take him to star roles in such masterpieces as "Intolerance" (1916) and "True Heart Susie" (1919), to mention just a couple.
We trust that silent film lovers will not judge harshly the quality of the print. Many early films are only available in a paper print format, and we are all very lucky that they have survived the trials of time for us to enjoy.
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The Boy Detective
Robert Harron plays with a friend in "The Boy Detective" (1908), cinematographer Billy Bitzer.
Robert Harron is frustrated, apparently losing the game in "The Boy Detective" (1908), cinematographer Billy Bitzer.
Two men follow a woman, with the newspaper boy (the boy detective) closely behind them in "The Boy Detective" (1908), cinematographer Billy Bitzer.
The boy detective talks to Robert Harron about the two suspicious characters in "The Boy Detective" (1908), cinematographer Billy Bitzer.
Robert Harron and the boy detective work on a plan in "The Boy Detective" (1908), cinematographer Billy Bitzer.
A woman and her daughter ride in a sheep carriage in "The Boy Detective" (1908), cinematographer Billy Bitzer.
Robert Harron delivers a message in "The Boy Detective" (1908), cinematographer Billy Bitzer.
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