The Lucky Transfer (1915)

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This one-reel detective thriller is the first directorial effort of Tod Browning, who had previously only acted in short comedies. Reporter Helen Holland (Mary Alden), investigating the burglary of a jewelry store, follows the robbers to their lair and is captured by Ford (Tom Wilson). He writes down the address of the hideout on the back of a trolley transfer slip and gives the slip to his fellow crook Ransom (Thomas Hull), who accidentally loses it. The slip is found by Jim Dodson (Jack Hull), an impoverished laborer who usually begs for transfers so he can ride home in the evening. On the trolley, Dodson finds the detective Fields (W.E. Lowery) and shows him the writing on the transfer. Fields then swoops on the robbers, frees Helen, and recovers the jewels. 15/1rl