The Evidence of the Film

The Evidence of the Film is a 1913 American silent short crime film directed by Lawrence Marston and Edwin Thanhouser starring William Garwood.


The Evidence of the Film tells the story of a messenger boy (Marie Eline) at a film studio who is framed for the theft of $20,000 in bonds by a broker (William Garwood). The broker plans to have his office staff witness him placing the bonds into an envelope and give it to the messenger boy to deliver to his client. Next, the broker follows the boy, knocks him down "by accident," and switches the original envelope with another filled with newspaper scraps. The broker successfully pulls off his scheme, however, his collision with the messenger occurs in front of a film crew shooting a scene on the streets.