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Vampire of the Desert (1913)

Ishmael, the son of Hagar, an old hag, living on the edge of the desert, falls completely under the charms of Lispeth, a vampire. One day there passes the miserable hut in which these three... See full summary »

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... Lispeth, Vampire of the Desert
Tefft Johnson ... William Corday, the Vampire's Victim
... Ishmael
... Derrick Corday, William's Son
... Mrs. William Corday
... Ethel - Derrick's Fiancée
... Hagar
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Ishmael, the son of Hagar, an old hag, living on the edge of the desert, falls completely under the charms of Lispeth, a vampire. One day there passes the miserable hut in which these three strange people live, a wealthy banker, named William Corday, his wife and son. Derrick. Lispeth wields her magic power over the husband and soon has him in her power. When he attempts to kiss her, she repulses him. So clever is she that the wife has no idea of her husband's unfaithfulness. Acceding to the wishes of Lispeth to be taken away from her humble abode, the banker and his wife take her to the city and give her a home with them. In fashionable dress her fascinating powers seem doubled, and one day in his study the husband beseeches Lispeth to flee with him. This is overheard by the son, who denounces his father. In order that the son should not tell his mother, Lispeth assures him that it was with him whom his father wanted her to flee. The son, believing this, embraces Lispeth, but is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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16 May 1913 (USA)  »

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Publicity line: "This powerful photo-drama forms a two-part feature. Featuring the world's moving picture star, Miss Helen Gardner. This story shows, above all else, the actual nature of the coquette, and, although the case taken is an extreme one, teaches the danger of playing with fire." See more »

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Too strong on the "highbrow" stuff
9 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

This two reel special is well staged and there are good people in the cast: Helen Gardner, Harry Morey, Tefft Johnson, Flora Finch and Leah Baird. The picture is described as an allegory; certainly it is too strong on the "highbrow" stuff to serve as entertainment The first reel is not coherent; the second reel is more understandable, but establishes no particular interest. - The Moving Picture World, May 31, 1913


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