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Hypnotized (Thanhouser)

December 30, 2010

The Moving Picture World, Vol. 7, No. 26. (24 December, 1910): 1446b

Synopsis of Hypnotized (Thanhouser) in The Moving Picture World 7, no. 26 (31 December 1910): 1550.

May Smalley is a simple little country girl with whom Jack, A youth whom she has known since childhood, is very much in love. When a traveling show, consisting of a hypnotist and a Hindoo magician comes to the opera house in their little town, the two young people are among the other interested spectators who flock to see the performance.

May’s youth and beauty attract the hypnotist,who plans to lure her away from her home. He sends May a message that he has a communication for her from the spirit world. Against the protests or Jack, her escort, May goes behind the scenes after the performance to meet the great hypnotist, who fascinates her with bis wiles. The hypnotist is an unscrupulous villain, and seeing that May is thoroughly impressed with his few tricks and considers him quite superhuman, he induces her to follow him when he leaves the town.

How Jack proves himself to be a youth of resource as well as courage, and the important part he played in May’s deliverance, by the Hindoo fakir, is well told by the picture. Finally the hypnotist is shown in his true light. May is dis-illusioned, and comes to decide that Jack is just about the kind of protection she needs In a world of uncertainty.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2011 8:54 am

    Thanks for the post on Hypnotized…check out the Thanhouser Facebook site for ongoing posts on 100 year old productions.

    • Naïve Spectator permalink*
      January 2, 2011 3:09 pm

      Fabulous! Thanks for sending this link along. I’m new to facebook (being naive and all) so I failed to notice your notes. Do you have any further information on this particular film? Is there a surviving print hidden away anywhere?

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