A Thief in the Dark, a Fox Film Corp., mystery-circus-comedy-romance, is another of that not too rare breed of “lost film (or “status unknown” at best),” and belongs to that ignominious sub-class of “late-silents-lost,” maybe better put: “out-of-sound, out-of-mind.” These “late-silents,” made their debut and were whisked out of the collective film-goers memory by the onslaught of synchronized-sound and talkies.
It seems that the advertising budget was close to nonexistent, few display ads were seen and most announcements were confined to just a few lines. What articles and reviews were written, were positive, but were not enough in number to overcome the lack of sound and marketing dollars. It does beg to mention that at least on some occasions Thief was accompanied by an orchestra,  instead of the obligatory organ or piano.
Director Albert Ray had the helm for Thief, and per his idea that the number 13 was his lucky charm, he wanted to begin filming on the 13th of the month (which he did for Thief also), and started off Thief’s opening scene with 13 actors on set. Leading lady Doris Hill picked up on the unusual superstition and wore a black-cat stickpin in several scenes in the flick.
Harry Oliver was hired for the production as Art and Technical director because of his unique experience with illusions, having been a backstage hand for magicians Harry Houdini and Harry Kellar. Oliver and the rest of the Fox art and technical team built thirty sets, each with a “trick’ up their sleeve; by all accounts Oliver’s sets were topnotch and an integral player in the film.
There appears to be some confusion as to who was the writing partner with director Albert Ray, some going with Andrew Bennison, others Kenneth Hawks; the titles were written by William Kernell and scenario by C. Graham Baker. A Thief in the Dark was six reels, 5,937 feet or about 54 minutes long and starred George Meeker, Doris Hill, Gwen Lee, Marjorie Beebe, Michael Vavitch and Noah Young. Horace Hough was the assistance-director; the film’s editor was Jack Dennis and the cinematographer Arthur Edeson.
Unfortunately for us like a thief in the night, A Thief in the Dark has been stolen, by who or what? The answer can be varied: time, deterioration or maybe reclamation, turning our Thief into someone else’s ‘quick’ silver.
By C. S. Williams
 The Hamilton Evening Journal (Hamilton, Ohio) Saturday, June 6, 1928 / Our Town (Narberth, Pennsylvania) Saturday, June 23, 1928
 Medicine Hat News (Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada) Saturday, December 15, 1928
 The Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin) Thursday, May 24, 1928
 The Warren Tribune (Warren, Pennsylvania) May 16, 1928
 The Hamilton Evening Journal (Hamilton, Ohio) Saturday, June 9, 1928