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The Criminal Hypnotist (1909)

To a reception there is invited a celebrated professor of hypnotism, and during the evening he obliges with an exhibition of his wonderful powers. Several of the guests are put under the ... See full summary »

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D.W. Griffith

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Owen Moore ... The Man
Marion Leonard ... The Man's Fiancee
Arthur V. Johnson ... The Criminal Hypnotist
David Miles ... The Robbery Victim / Party Guest
Charles Inslee ... The Professor / Party Guest
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt ... The Professor's Assistant / A Policeman / Party Guest
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... The Doctor
Florence Lawrence ... The Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Arvidson ... Party Guest
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... Party Guest
Jeanie Macpherson ... Party Guest
Tom Moore ... Party Guest (unconfirmed)
Barry O'Moore ... Party Guest (as Herbert Yost)
Mack Sennett ... Party Guest
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To a reception there is invited a celebrated professor of hypnotism, and during the evening he obliges with an exhibition of his wonderful powers. Several of the guests are put under the influence and made to perform most ridiculous antics, to their embarrassment upon reviving. The daughter of the host is the last to be subjected to the professor's power, and she proves to be such a good subject that the professor at once resolves to make her his unconscious agent in a dastardly plot he at once evolves. Opportunity serves him most graciously, for he meets the lady on the street and, hypnotizing her, suggests she return to her home and rob her father's desk of a large sum of money. The scheme seems to work, but it is an acknowledged fact that a person of good morals cannot be made to commit a crime, by hypnotism, and so, although the girl goes to the house, and even opens the drawer in which the money is placed, she returns without it. On her way back she is followed by her sweetheart,... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1909 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with Those Boys! (1909). See more »

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Featured in Flicker Flashbacks No. 5, Series 5 (1948) See more »

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23 January 2004 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

Because Griffith was being developing a cinematic language, his cardboard characters turned into stereotypes, and therefore had no inner life or believability whatsoever. This would be the downfall in his career, particularly in relation to 'The Birth of a Nation'.


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