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The Taint of an Alien (1914)

Dr. Arnold, a famous criminologist, disagrees with his associates concerning his pet subject. To prove his point, he disguises himself as a tough and goes into the slums to gather the ... See full summary »

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Edwin August
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Edwin August ... Dr. Arnold
Edna Maison
Eugene Ormonde Eugene Ormonde ... Luigi
Hal August Hal August
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Dr. Arnold, a famous criminologist, disagrees with his associates concerning his pet subject. To prove his point, he disguises himself as a tough and goes into the slums to gather the necessary data. While in a low dive he makes the acquaintance of Luigi, an Italian criminal. Luigi is the cause of a brawl, ending in an affray in which Dr. Arnold and the Italian receive deep knife wounds. The injured men are removed to a hospital. The physician has lost so much blood that his life is despaired of. Luigi agrees to allow his blood to be transferred into Dr. Arnold with the stipulation that he be spared prosecution. The operation is performed and the doctor recovers. He becomes conscious that, with the Italian's blood, the criminal tendencies were transferred to him. He fights against the thought, but it masters him. To his horror, he finds on returning home one night, that he has stolen a costly necklace from a woman acquaintance. He consults a professional associate and they agree that ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Taint of the Alien See more »

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Powers Picture Plays See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Holds considerable interest
21 July 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A film story featuring Edwin August as a student of criminology. He is injured in a saloon brawl and at the hospital has the blood of a criminal transfused into his system. This leads him to commit a crime. The scenes are developed rather jerkily, but the story holds considerable interest. - The Moving Picture World, April 25, 1914


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