Sinister music maestro Svengali can control the actions of women through hypnotism and his telepathic powers. When a pupil he has seduced announces she has left her husband for him, he uses his powers to cause her suicide and promptly forgets her. He meets a beautiful model, Trilby, and becomes infatuated with her, but she, in turn, falls for a young artist called Billee who also loves her. One day Svengali hypnotizes Trilby to cure her headache, but also examines her upper palate and decides it is an ideal cavity for great singing. He convinces her to fake her suicide, so Billee and friends will forget her, and goes on a singing tour with her. Svengali uses his powers to make her sing wonderfully and Madame Svengali, as Trilby is now known, becomes a sensation throughout Europe. But Billee discovers the ruse and begins to follow the pair, upsetting Svengali enough to have him cancel performances too frequently, so they no longer can perform in Europe. They go to Egypt, but Billee ...
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Did You Know?
Following his successful 1929 expedition to the South Pole, newly-promoted Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd
returned to America as a national hero and visited the set of Svengali during its filming. A studio photograph of Byrd, John Barrymore
(in costume), and actor George Arliss
appeared in The New York Times on February 8, 1931. See more
In the bathtub, Svengali says "Gott strafe England" ("God punish England"). This saying was created by German-Jewish poet Ernst Lissauer (1882-1937) during WWI. However, "Svengali" takes place during the mid 19th century. See more
That might be as well to remember. There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Music by Giuseppe Becce See more