Cat no. 7594

Motor Pirates

Running time8:01 Black & White Silent 1906 St. Albans, Hertfordshire

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Early British drama of crooks terrorising a local village from film pioneer Arthur Melbourne-Cooper.

Genre:

ComedyCrimeDrama

An armoured car patrols the lanes of rural Hertfordshire. Aboard are two rogues out to make mischief. The car features a hatch panel on its front used as a trap for the village's unsuspecting bird life, one robber ushering in the haul before attempting a getaway. The local people come to the aid of their birds and a violent and explosive fight ensues, leaving all the locals dead or unconscious in the dirt. The car drives on in a puff of smoke.

But little do they know a young girl has seen the massacre and runs off in chase. Along the way she finds a local policeman, and together they go back to inspect the scene. The long arm of the law is now on the case, and the local bobby hails more policemen and a car to give chase from a town store. However, before the police can gain much ground their car is rammed by the armoured car, which was laying in wait down a blind bend.

The pirates, free to terrorise, attempt a daring robbery of a moving car. One crook steps aboard the victim's vehicle, robs them of their valuables, steps back and doffs his cap. Meanwhile, the police have laid a trap of their own, hiding in a road side trench. The copper bravely confronts the tank, but he meets the same fate as the birds, and is swallowed by the car. The chase is on again, and the pirates lead the police car through a ford, in which the police get stuck.

Crime doesn't pay for long and the buccaneers finally get their comeuppance by driving down a deep slope into some water. The criminals have to be rescued by the following lawmen.

Alpha Trading Company

Arthur Melbourne-Cooper

Cast:

Hubert Melbourne-Cooper Motor Pirate
Anton Nöggerath Junior Motor Pirate

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