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The Black Hand
(1906) American
B&W : [?] Split-reel? / [?] 645 or 656? feet
Directed by [?] Wallace McCutcheon and/or Frank Marion?

Cast: Robert Vignola [gangster], Anthony O’Sullivan [gangster]

American Mutoscope & Biograph Company production; distributed by American Mutoscope & Biograph Company. / Produced by Francis J. Marion (Frank Marion). Cinematography by G.W. Bitzer. / © 24 March 1906 by American Mutoscope & Biograph Company [H74805]. Released 29 March 1906. / [?] Biograph 35mm spherical format? / Subtitled: True Story of a Recent Occurance in the Italian Quarter of New York. Exteriors were shot on Seventh Avenue in New York, New York, on 15-16 March 1906. The film includes a main title and intertitles.

Drama: Crime.

Synopsis: Members of The Black Hand Society kidnap and ransom a child for $1000.

Survival status: Prints exist in the Library of Congress film archive (paper print collection) [35mm paper positive]; and the Museum of Modern Art film archive [35mm positive].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Animals: Horses - Butchers - Butcher shops - Carriages - Crime: Kidnapping - Criminals: Gangs: Mafia - Handwriting - Ransom notes - Signage - Street scenes - USA: New York: New York (Seventh Avenue) - Weapons: Guns

Listing updated: 18 May 2012.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Bondanella-Hollywood pp. 176-178; Leyda-Before pp. 45, 79, 82, 128; Musser-Emerge pp. 453, 598; Niver-First pp. 103-104 : Website-AFI.

Home video: DVD.

 
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