How the Professor Fooled the Burglars

Director:

T. Edison

Producer:

Edison Mfg. Co.

Year:

1901

Distributor:

Edison Mfg. Co.

Country:

USA

Running time:

75 ft

Genre:

Comedy

Format:

Silent, B&W

Availability:

Lost film

Keywords:

Professor, Magicians
Summary
Two burglars learn that crime doesn't pay when they make the mistake of attempting to rob the house of a renowned Professor of Magic.
Teaching Notes
Portrayal of professors in film:
Another example of the trick film with magician-professor as protaganist. "Professors" with mysterious magical powers can be traced back not only to the carnivalesque origins of film, but atavistically back to Faustian archetypes. Such films established the lineage that eventually produced super-hero professors, such as Professor Xavier of the X-Men film franchise.