Maurice Tourneur directed this version of the classic Svengali tale. As you know, a young woman (Clara Kimball Young) falls under the spell of Svengali (Wilton Lackaye) who has plans for her. I didn't enjoy the John Barrymore version of this story but it was certainly miles better than this thing, which is so full of static that it's hard to make it through its 59-minute running time. Young is good in her role but Lackaye is a complete bore of Svengali and the supporting performances aren't any better. Tourneur's direction is okay but the screenplay really doesn't allow for too much.
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