The Child Stealers (film #22 on The Origins of Cinema, Volume 6: Rare Films (Video Yesteryear, 1997)). [Category: Early Film & TV]

A couple of raggedy beggars go around stealing children, though for what purpose is not clear. Eventually they are brought to justice when a child they use in their begging scam is recognized by his parents. Lots of scenes of mothers wailing and gnashing teeth after turning their backs on their children for just a minute. A 1903 Gaumont film.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: **.

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