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The Evil Genius (1913)

Le mauvais génie (original title)
Jean Norbel, a toy manufacturer, and Louis Delval, an explorer, both love Helene Derys. She eventually marries the manufacturer. Several years later at a theater, Norbel meets Delval, and a... See full summary »

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André Liabel ... Jean Norbel
Charles Krauss ... Louis Derval
... Hélène Derys
Simone Vaudry
Camille Bardou
Gilbert Dalleu
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Jean Norbel, a toy manufacturer, and Louis Delval, an explorer, both love Helene Derys. She eventually marries the manufacturer. Several years later at a theater, Norbel meets Delval, and a reunion takes place. Delval takes advantage of this reunion and makes several successive calls at the Norbel home each time trying to force his attentions upon Mrs. Norbel. Falling in this be bribes the watchman at Norbel's factory to set fire to the building The place is soon in flames and the employees are helped to safety through the heroic work of Norbel. The next day, as Norbel is about to receive a medal from the mayor, an anonymous letter from an insurance company advises the city officials that the owner had set his factory on fire in order to get the insurance money. Norbel is arrested, and at the trial the watchman testifies that the manufacturer is the incendiary. The nervous breakdown of Mrs. Norbel stirs the watchman's conscience and he makes a confession just as the jury is about to ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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16 April 1913 (USA)  »

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The fire scenes were vivid and realistic
30 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

The European Eclair company has here produced a fine two-reel subject, dealing with the love of a man for his friend's wife. He plans to wreck the husband by burning his toy factory. The fire scenes were vivid and realistic. The people escaping from the factory appeared to be in real peril. The courtroom scenes were also good and in the end the tool makes a dramatic confession, completely clearing the owner of the works. A fresh subject with many points of excellence. - The Moving Picture World, April 26, 1913


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