The Criminal Hypnotist (1909)

USA,
10m
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1
silent

An American short fantasy film directed by D.W. Griffith.

Plot Summary

A professor of puts several party guests under the influence and makes them do ridiculous things. The professor is so imprtessed by the susceptibiliy of the host's daughter that he decides to use her as part of criminal plot he's hatching, forcing her to rob money from her father's desk.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: D.W. Griffith
American Mutoscope & Biograph
Written by: D.W. Griffith
Director of Photographer: G.W. Bitzer

Cast
Owen Moore (the man)
Marion Leonard (the man's fiancee)
Arthur V. Johnson (the criminal hypnotist)
David Miles (the robbery victim/party guest)
Charles Inslee (the professor/party guest)
George Gebhardt (the professor's assistant/policeman/party Guest)
Harry Solter (the doctor)
Florence Lawrence (the maid)
Linda Arvidson, Anita Hendrie, Jeanie Macpherson, Tom Moore, Herbert Yost [real name: Barry O'Moore], Mack Sennett (party guests)

Links

Extracts included in
Flicker Flashbacks No. 5, Series 5 (1948)

References

Books

  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.80