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The Evil Power (1913)

Short | Short, Drama

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...See moreDr. 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 she is going against her will, and just has time to blot it, when the hypnotist tears it up, and forces her to inscribe another, stating that she is leaving voluntarily, and that he will never see her again. The distracted husband is told by the maid that she suspects Dr. Kaishian is at the bottom of his wife's elopement, and Armstrong rushes to the home of the doctor, who professes deep solicitude. He extracts an apology from the husband, even while the wife sits in a hypnotic state behind the curtains in the same room. Nora, burning with anxiety to expose the evil doctor, is ruthlessly seized by the Hindoo servant, who bears her away, When Armstrong leaves, the doctor hastens to the room where Nagon has concealed Nora and orders him to place her in a dry cistern, and drown her by turning a flooding device. While the Oriental is manipulating the mechanism, the girl seizes the opportunity to wrest from him the iron lever, and deals him a terrific blow on the head, and escapes, while the water wells up and makes him suffer the fate he had intended for her. Upon Armstrong's return from his futile quest, the maid rushes forward with additional evidence that the wife is a prisoner in the doctor's house. This is furnished by the blotter she used when she wrote the first message that the doctor tore up. This time he determines to succeed. The Armenian is prepared for the terrific encounter that ensues. Through the rooms the wrathful Armstrong and the now terrified hypnotic battle until he reaches where he has a gun concealed. He stands in front of a curtain, and just as he is about to fire at Armstrong, Nora, who is on the opposite side, plunges a stiletto into his side, and he falls dead. Armstrong recognizes his wife's scream, locates her, and is again happy with her and her children. The police come and discover the evil doctor's body, but not before Nora is far from the house of iniquity. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Otis Turner (scenario)
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Updated Sep 4, 1913

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Sep 4, 1913 (United States)

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Robert Z. Leonard
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