Laura Danvers, a handsome young woman, is the betrothed of Dr. Roy Crawford, a young physician who is practicing in the west. She is also loved by Pierre Rameau, a hypnotist, who places the... See full summary »
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King Baggot ...
Dr. Roy Crawford
Lucille Young ...
Laura Danvers
William E. Shay ...
Pierre Rameau - the Hypnotist
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Laura Danvers, a handsome young woman, is the betrothed of Dr. Roy Crawford, a young physician who is practicing in the west. She is also loved by Pierre Rameau, a hypnotist, who places the girl under his influence at will, enjoying the diversion. Doctor Crawford comes for the girl to take her to his home and make her his bride. He leaves the room, forgetting his hat, after being repulsed by Laura, who is under the spell exerted over her by the unprincipled Rameau. He upbraids his sweetheart, whose sudden revulsion of feeling has mystified him. Going out he sees Rameau, through the French window in the act of bringing Laura once more under his influence. It all dawns upon the young physician and he hastily returns and throttles Rameau, threatening to kill him, but Laura interferes. She has regained her senses and Dr. Raymond announces that he has made a study of hypnotism, and not being clear as to the relations between Laura and Rameau, he forces him to enter into a contest to see ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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21 August 1911 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the western Love in a Tepee (1911). See more »

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Delving into the morbid for picture subjects is not wholly commendable
4 April 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A very Mephistopholes-like villain is pictured on this film as attempting to come between two lovers. He uses hypnotism and seems to have subdued the girl's will so that she has the appearance of loving the dark-mustached, mysterious stranger. It seems that his cunning plans will prevail for, when the hero leaves the girl to make preparations for the wedding, the villain appears and the girl is about to go away with him when the hero comes back. Now ensues the battle of the wills between the two men. The girl between them seems drawn one way and then the other as the hero's or the villain's mind gains a momentary advantage, but at length the hero is victor. Such a situation is not only humanly impossible, quite; but it instills erroneous ideas regarding the human will and hypnotism, which are not healthy. This delving into the morbid for picture subjects is not wholly commendable.

  • The Moving Picture World, September 2, 1911



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