The Exquisite Thief

The Exquisite Thief is a 1919 American silent drama film directed by Tod Browning. Prints and/or fragments of this film survive[1][2], including in the 1978 "Dawson Film Find".

The Exquisite Thief
Newspaper advertisement
Directed byTod Browning
Written byCharles W. Tyler (story: "Raggedy Ann")
Harvey Gates
StarringPriscilla Dean
Thurston Hall
CinematographyAlfred Gosden
Distributed byUniversal Film Manufacturing Company
Release date
  • April 28, 1919 (1919-04-28)
Running time
6 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

Plot summary

As described in a film magazine,[3] Blue Jean Billie (Dean), a prosperous young woman crook who lives apart from the denizens of the underworld, has pulled off many robberies of the high society world with the help of her pal Shaver Michael (De Grasse). Billie gains admission to the Vanderhoof dinner at which the engagement of their daughter to Lord Chesterton (Hall) will be announced. While the dinner is in progress, Billie gags and handcuffs special officer Detective Wood (Ross), and proceeds to make a wholesale robbery of the guests. She flees in an automobile and none succeed in tracking her save Lord Chesterton. She makes a prisoner of him, but a police raid follows and she must flee. Once more Lord Chesterton succeeds in following her and again she makes him her prisoner, but she learns to trust and love him. The special agent and Shaver Michael arrive at the scene with resulting complications, but a happy end results for all.



  1. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Exquisite Thief". Silent Era. Retrieved May 5, 2008.
  2. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Exquisite Thief
  3. McElravy, Robert C. (April 12, 1919). "Reviews and Advertising Aids: The Exquisite Thief". Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Company. 40 (2): 279. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
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