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A professor of psychology succeeds in photographing members of the spirit world with a special apparatus he has invented.





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Cast overview:
Professor William Lodge
Nora, the Professor's Daughter
O.A.C. Lund ...
Otto Myers, the Professor's Pupil
Mrs. Myers, Otto's Mother
A Scientist
Jack Pearl, a Journalist (as J.W. Johnston)
Dr. Fred Nevins (as Fred C. Truesdell)


William Lodge, a professor of psychology, his assistant, Otto Myers, and his daughter, Nora, spend all their time conducting séances in the professor's private laboratory. Nora is a psychic, a medium through whom her father has succeeded in getting members of the spirit world to appear and with specially constructed apparatus has photographed them. Dr. Fred Nevins, head of the institute, who scoffs at spiritualism, and Jack Pearst, a newspaper man, visit Professor Lodge at his laboratory. Nevins manages to steal one of the photographs showing Nora and the shade. Later, he has a clever photographer make two separate photographs. These he offers for examination at the next meeting of the institute, where Lodge is lecturing, to disprove his achievement. In this way the professor becomes dishonored in the eyes of his colleagues and the public. To right himself and show Nevins up, Lodge proposes to prove his discovery of the Hindoo secret of suspended life by being shut up in a sarcophagus... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Sci-Fi | Short | Thriller





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15 October 1913 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The story is not to be considered seriously
25 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

A weird offering in three reels. People fond of occult subjects will revel in this conglomeration of spiritualistic practices. Others will feel that they are going through a series of horrible psychical experiences. The story is not to be considered seriously, though it is well pictured and clearly presented. The professor appears after his supposed death to haunt his rival. Double photography is employed to bring about his ghostly visits. The plot is slow in developing and two reels would have answered to cover the incidents depicted. The sarcophagus and other accessories employed helped the atmosphere of the production. - The Moving Picture World, October 11, 1913

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