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Betsy's Burglar (1917)

Betsy Harlow is a hard-working maid in a boarding house. Her dream. however, is to be a detective, a dream she shares with her boyfriend Oscar, a delivery boy for a local grocer. One day a ... See full summary »


Paul Powell


Frank E. Woods (story)




Cast overview:
Constance Talmadge ... Betsy Harlow
Kenneth Harlan ... Harry Brent
Monte Blue ... Victor Gilpin
Joseph Singleton ... Jasper Dunn
Josephine Crowell ... Mrs. Dunn
Clyde E. Hopkins Clyde E. Hopkins ... Oscar Schlitz (as Clyde Hopkins)
Hal Wilson ... James
Kate Bruce ... Mrs. Randall
Elmo Lincoln


Betsy Harlow is a hard-working maid in a boarding house. Her dream. however, is to be a detective, a dream she shares with her boyfriend Oscar, a delivery boy for a local grocer. One day a mysterious character named Harry Brent takes a room at the boarding house. Harry, seeing that Betsy is falling for his rather shady charms, persuades her to help him get a box of jewels owned by the Jaspers, an elderly couple who lives across the hall. It turns out that Harry is not quite who he seems; neither, however, are the Jaspers. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A drama of mystery and adventure -- of plot and counterplot -- of love triumphant.


Comedy | Romance







Release Date:

4 March 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Juvelskrinets Hemmelighed See more »

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Production Co:

Fine Arts Film Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Missing Movies with Constance Talmadge
22 May 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Pretty boardinghouse maid Constance Talmadge (as Betsy Randall) reads romance novels and dreams of an end to her drudgery. Delivery boy Clyde Hopkins (as Oscar Schlitz), an amateur detective, is her most notable boyfriend. With the arrival of handsome boarder Kenneth Harlan (as Harry Brent), Ms. Talmadge's drab life becomes a romantic adventure. The mysterious Mr. Harlan informs Talmadge he is searching for a stolen inheritance, which may be located in a tin box held by Joseph Singleton and Josephine Cromwell (as Mr. & Mrs. Dunn), an old couple who also rents. Although Harlan's story seems far-fetched, Talmadge is so charmed by him she agrees to steal the box from the strange couple...

When Mr. Singleton is suddenly murdered, Talmadge and Harlan become prime suspects… Unfortunately, "Betsy's Burglar" is not available today - and, like most other films of unknown status, it's not likely to turn up anytime soon. In "Photoplay" (May 1917), reviewer Julian Johnson considered it "the most enjoyable five-reeler I saw last month." Mr. Johnson praised the writer (Frank E. Woods) and director (Paul Powell) for "expert story-telling."

"Our grocery youth (Clyde Hopkins), a correspondence school detective, is a vital factor from the first reel to the last. He punctures the most serious situations with laughter, even as the sod pharmacist his successful rival's chocolate with a shot of salt. Dunn and his wife, admirably played by Joseph Singleton and Josephine Crowell; the boarding house proprietress, by Kate Bruce," Johnson continued, "are perfect bits of small city life. Wood has never a moment of lost motion. His story is continually moving, but he is injecting atmosphere into your eyes by the gallon."

Constance Talmadge was considered "as vivid and real as the story itself. Here is a remarkable young woman. If she continues to have as good direction as Powell supplies her, she will develop into the screen's finest ingénue," and, "Kenneth Harlan, playing Brent, is a splendid addition to the ranks of leading lads who are at once handsome and real."

****** Betsy's Burglar (3/4/17) Paul Powell ~ Constance Talmadge, Kenneth Harlan, Clyde Hopkins, Joseph Singleton

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