With the help of an electric ray machine a scientist brings back to life his daughter killed in a car crash but fails to revive her soul at the same time.



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Cast overview:
Lola Barnhelun
Dr. Barnhelun
Dr. Crossett (as Edward M. Kimball)
Dick Fenway
Frank Holland ...
John Dorris
Olga Humphries ...
Mrs. Harlan
Irene Tams ...
Stephen Bradley
Mary Moore ...
Mrs. Mooney
Baby Esmond ...
Nellie Mooney


With the help of an electric ray machine a scientist brings back to life his daughter killed in a car crash but fails to revive her soul at the same time. Written by Charles Coulston

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23 November 1914 (USA)  »

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Without a Soul  »

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1.33 : 1
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Review from Moving Picture World, Nov. 21- 1914
15 August 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews


A Woman Whose Soul Has Been Claimed by Death, But Whose Body Still Lives, Is Played by Clara Kimball Young

Reviewed by Hanford C. Judson

Spectators of a mystical turn of mind may find in this picture an idea of startling interest. Its central character is a young and beautiful woman, whose face is not more lovely in its grace than is her character; for sympathy and a heart of charity have endeared her to all about her. "Everybody loves Lola," is remarked by the servant girl.

She is knocked down by an automobile and carried back to her father's house a lifeless corpse. Her father is a doctor and she is pronounced dead by his confrere, a famous physician, at the time visiting them. But the girl's father, though obscure, has discovered a machine that will recall life to the dead. The body is laid out on the operating table and the current applied. The muscles of the face relax, the eyelids tremble and the girl lives once more.

A few days before this terrible accident and marvelous restoration, the doctor had been showing the apparatus to the girl's fiancé. He was horror-stricken at the thought of recalling the body to life after the soul had gone. It must be confessed that the man failed to get strong sympathy for this objection; but now, as life is coming back into the girl, we discern that the author's intention had been to have the spectator accept the fear; for a vague shadow of Death is seen hovering over the still body and even while life is once again flowing in the girl, Death exacts the soul whom he carries away, leaving only the form of Lola to her friends.

In the opening scenes we were shown that Lola had been attracted by two lovers, one a rather questionable individual, the other all that a fine girl would choose and it was to the latter that she gave her affections. Not when no soul is mistress of her will, a demon seems to have entered the empty dwelling, her beautiful body. Soon we hear the servant exclaiming in astonishment and fear, "Lola, how terribly you have changed!" She is such that when, after she has wrecked the happiness of two or three men, has developed heart disease and dies, her father refuses to resuscitate her a second time.

The cast is a very strong one. Clara Kimball Young plays with her usual discrimination and ease the rather difficult role of Lola. Frank Holland portrays the character of her accepted fiancé from whom she turns after her soul leaves her. The wilder man to whom she then goes is taken by James Young. Alec Francis takes the part of the father of the girl. If the offering has any particular weakness, it lies in the idea more than the development or staging. With many it may appeal as a startling and deeply entertaining offering.

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