Dr. Kaishian, an adept at hypnotism, visits a department store, where he meets a young saleswoman. Unable to resist his magnetic eyes, Nora becomes a willing slave, and is duly ensconced in... See full summary »

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Otis Turner

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Otis Turner (scenario)
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Robert Z. Leonard ... Dr. Kaishian (as Robert Leonard)
Margarita Fischer
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Dr. Kaishian, an adept at hypnotism, visits a department store, where he meets a young saleswoman. Unable to resist his magnetic eyes, Nora becomes a willing slave, and is duly ensconced in his home. Here she is soon disillusioned, but the Oriental servant, Nagon, prevents her from escaping. Dr. Kaishiau in the park observes a beautiful woman walking with her husband, William Armstrong. Contriving a ruse whereby he can scrape an acquaintance, he brushes rudely into the couple, and in profuse apology, tenders his card. When the Armstrongs return home, they find one of their children ill, and their regular physician being out on a call, they think of their chance acquaintance with Dr. Kaishian, who is summoned. The wily doctor loses no time to enmesh Mrs. Armstrong, and before he leaves he has reduced her to a state of servility by the exercise of his hypnotic talents. He compels her to follow him immediately from the house. She attempts to write a letter to her husband, stating that ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Country:

USA

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English

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4 September 1913 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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The story is well planned and effective
4 November 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

An effective melodrama in two reels that is weird and terrible. It deals with a hypnotist who gets weak women in his power so that, after a sufficient measure of suspense, they may be rescued. The early scenes are weak and do not help the story as much as they should. They introduce the first victim, a girl whom the evil man merely needs to help in his conquest of the second victim, the wife of a prominent businessman. The producer, perhaps knowing that some strong scenes were coming, did not take enough trouble to make the evil man's method of meeting the second victim convincing; it is poor. After that, though, the story is well planned and effective; it gets one under its spell strongly. It is well acted by the five chief characters; the photography is clear and effective; and the backgrounds have an Asiatic touch now and then that helps. Where such stories are liked, this will go strongly. It was produced by Otis Turner from the script of himself and D.F. Wilcox. - The Moving Picture World, September 6, 1913


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