The Black Hand (1906 film)

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The Black Hand
Directed byWallace McCutcheon
StarringAnthony O'Sullivan
Robert G. Vignola
Release date
March 29, 1906
Running time
11 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film

The Black Hand (1906) — full title The Black Hand: True Story of a Recent Occurrence in the Italian Quarter of New York — is an American silent film directed by Wallace McCutcheon. It is generally considered the earliest surviving gangster film.[1][2]

Plot summary[edit]

In New York City, an Italian-American gang kidnaps the daughter of an Italian butcher, demanding a ransom of $1,000. The butcher refuses to pay and calls the police, breaking the code of omertà. The thugs are arrested and the little girl is rescued.



  1. ^ Christine Bold, Joad Raymond, The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture: Volume Six: US Popular Print Culture 1860-1920, OUP Oxford, 2011, p.193
  2. ^ Daniel Bernardi,Michael Green, Race in American Film, ABC-CLIO, 2017, p.338

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