Catching a Burglar (1908)

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DRAMA. CHASE. Burglars rob a country house and the owner and his manservant give chase in their car.

Main title. Outside a country inn. Sign above entrance reads 'Arthur W. Lockyer'. Two men conspiring in doorway. A chauffeur emerges and they engage him in conversation, offering him a bribe to help them in their planned robbery. One of the burglars takes a ladder propped up by the wall and loads it onto the chauffeur's car parked outside. All three men get into the car and drive off. Outside a large, country house. The ladder is put up to the top window and the two robbers climb up. Interior of drawing room, the burglars begin stuffing silver cups and other valuables into a bag. A manservant enters and accosts one of the robbers, in the fight he is knocked to the floor and they escape with the loot. The owner of the house enters and helps revive his servant. The robbers climb down the ladder and get into the car, taking the ladder with them. The owner and servant look out of the upstairs window. Car leaving the main gate. The house owner and servant running out of the front door, pulling on their coats. They get into their car, a Riley. Car chase along country lane. The burglars' car has problems getting up a steep hill. The car stops. They attempt to push it, enlisting the help of a passing tramp. They bribe the tramp to slash the tyres of the Riley. Their car moves off. The tramp grabs hold of the Riley's bumper as it slows to a halt and slashes the front tyre. The house owner and the servant quickly change the wheel. The burglar's car drives through a village. The Riley follows, stopping to get help from a policeman. The policeman gets in the car. Burglars' car driving along country lane, the burglars throwing out their booty onto the road as they go. The Riley catches up and drives alongside the burglars' car. All three occupants of the Riley jump onto the burglars' car, bringing it to a halt, and overpower the thieves. (494ft). (525ft).

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