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. Chaplin had claimed in interviews that he had played a bit-role as a policeman while at Keystone Studios.[4]

A Thief Catcher
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
LanguageSilent film
English (Original titles)


Preservation status

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.[5][6]

See also


  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. "Cinecon 46: Lost Chaplin Film". cinecon.org. Archived from the original on 1 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
  5. Brunsting, Joshua (June 8, 2010). "Charlie Chaplin Film Found At An Antique Sale, Once Thought Lost". The Criterion Cast. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
  6. "Progressive Silent Film List: A Thief Catcher". Silent Era. Retrieved 2010-06-10.

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