Ruth and Celeste are the nieces of James Cleeland. Ruth, the favorite, becomes engaged, much to the delight of her uncle. Celeste, however, is jealous. When, a few days later, the uncle ... See full summary »
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Ruth and Celeste are the nieces of James Cleeland. Ruth, the favorite, becomes engaged, much to the delight of her uncle. Celeste, however, is jealous. When, a few days later, the uncle makes a will in favor of Ruth, leaving Celeste only an annuity, Celeste decides to take a hand in the matter. She visits Prof. De Monti, a hypnotist, and under promise of $50,000 induces him to hypnotize Ruth so as to visit the uncle at midnight, take the will out of his safe and pour poison in his water glass. Ruth, under the hypnotic spell of Prof. De Monti, does what is asked of her. The uncle, however, awakened by the noise in his room, watches all this as if spellbound. He tries to rise two or three times, but falls back on the pillows. As soon as Ruth leaves the room he rises, rings the bell and calls for help. The hypnotic spell has been broken. Ruth is in her room and is much surprised when called by her uncle and accused of having tried to poison him. He denounces her as a murderess and orders... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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15 July 1909 (USA)  »

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It leaves a disagreeable sensation behind
30 November 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A Lubin which develops a story of considerable dramatic interest around the making of a will and the consequent jealousy of a cousin. A hypnotist adds to the interest of the occasion and the picture indicates in some degree the possibilities of hypnotism when applied to criminal purposes. The acting is good, most of the dramatic situations being developed as strongly as possible. But one doesn't exactly relish the introduction of poisoning scenes and the final death of the conspirator when confronted by those she has led into crime. While the dramatic interest of the film is conceded and there is little to criticise in the technical development of the picture, still it leaves a disagreeable sensation behind. Possibly this is indicative of its power; but at best it is unpleasant. – The Moving Picture World, July 24, 1909


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