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The Mystic (1925)

An American criminal imports a gang of Hungarian gypsies to gain control over a fortune. The victim, Doris Merrick, is persuaded by fake medium Zara to hand over her jewels to Nash.

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Tod Browning

Writers:

Tod Browning (story), Waldemar Young (adaptation)
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Aileen Pringle ... Zara
Conway Tearle ... Michael Nash
Mitchell Lewis ... Zazarack
Robert Ober ... Anton
Stanton Heck ... Carlo
David Torrence ... James Bradshaw
Gladys Hulette ... Doris Merrick
DeWitt Jennings ... Director of Police
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An American criminal imports a gang of Hungarian gypsies to gain control over a fortune. The victim, Doris Merrick, is persuaded by fake medium Zara to hand over her jewels to Nash.

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Tod Browning Directs A Priscilla Dean Movie With Aileen Pringle
3 September 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Aileen Pringle, Mitchell Lewis, Robert Ober and Stanton Heck -- have a good racket going, pretending to raise the spirits of the dead. Conway Tearle throws them $15,000 and tells them that they've got a future in America with him, so it's off to New York, intending to take orphaned heiress Gladys Hulette. They convince Miss Huilette that they can raise the spirit of her loving father.... until one day she says she can see him.

This combination of rackets, thieves falling out, and phony mysticism was just director Tod Browning's meat, and he had been doing very with it at Universal with a series o crime dramas starring Priscilla Dean, often with Lon Chaney. Now Browning was at Metro, and Chaney had just started working for the company, where they would renew their partnership. For the moment, Chaney was starring for Metro's newest hot director, Swedish import Victor Sjostrom, so Browning had retreated to his comfort zone, substituting the new company hot sex symbol, Miss Pringle, for Miss Dean. Soon, though, she would fade before Seastrom's protege, Greta Garbo, whom MGM had had to take to get the director.

It's a good example of the genre, given MGM's high production values without looking too expensive to make.


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Country:

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Release Date:

27 September 1925 (USA) See more »

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A Filha do Cigano See more »

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1.33 : 1
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