A Thief Catcher

A Thief Catcher is a one-reel 1914 American comedy film, produced by Mack Sennett for his Keystone film company, directed by Ford Sterling,[1] and starring Sterling, Mack Swain, Edgar Kennedy, and Charles Chaplin[2][3] as a policeman.

A Thief Catcher
full film
Directed byFord Sterling
Produced byMack Sennett
StarringFord Sterling
Mack Swain
Edgar Kennedy
Charles Chaplin
Distributed byKeystone Studios
Release date
  • February 19, 1914 (1914-02-19)
Running time
1 reel
c. 7 min, 35 sec
CountryUnited States
LanguagesSilent film
English (Original titles)


Preservation statusEdit

The film was believed lost and Chaplin's appearance unknown until a vintage 16mm print was discovered by director / film historian Paul E. Gierucki in 2010 at a Michigan antique sale.[4][5] Chaplin had, however, claimed in interviews that he had played a bit-role as a policeman while at Keystone Studios.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Allen, Nick (July 16, 2010). "Long lost Charlie Chaplin film found at antiques fair". The Daily Telegraph.
  2. ^ Larotonda, Matthew (July 18, 2010). "Lost Charlie Chaplin Silent Film Re-Debuts 96 Years Later at Virginia Movie Festival". ABC News.
  3. ^ Zongker, Brett (July 15, 2010). "Long-Lost Chaplin Film to Debut at Va. Festival". The Associated Press.
  4. ^ Brunsting, Joshua (June 8, 2010). "Charlie Chaplin Film Found At An Antique Sale, Once Thought Lost". The Criterion Cast. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: A Thief Catcher". Silent Era. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  6. ^ "Cinecon 46: Lost Chaplin Film". cinecon.org. Archived from the original on 1 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-10.

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