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  • Doomed to Die; or, The Vial of Wrath (1913)
  • Short | Short, Drama
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Doomed to Die; or, The Vial of Wrath (1913)
Short | Short, Drama

After many years of experimentation Dr. William Burton, a noted bacteriologist, finds that he has discovered the bacillus of hydrophobia. He confides his discovery to a friend, John Armand, a neurasthenic, who pays but little attention to ...See moreAfter many years of experimentation Dr. William Burton, a noted bacteriologist, finds that he has discovered the bacillus of hydrophobia. He confides his discovery to a friend, John Armand, a neurasthenic, who pays but little attention to what he says and reminds him that he has called for an opiate. Although he has been out of practice for a number of years. Dr. Burton agrees to treat Annette, the daughter of a poor woman named Mme. Verdier. He does not accept compensation for his services and a few weeks later he finds himself so much in love with the young lady that he marries her. Mari, the doctor's servant, who has been with him all during his life as a recluse, is greatly perturbed over her master's marriage. Armand regards the doctor's domestication as a joke and, forgetting the sacredness of friendship, he forces his attentions upon Annette, who being an impressionable person, quickly succumbs to his inveiglement. One morning Mari observes that Annette is extremely happy over the receipt of a letter she has received. She hides it in the drawing-room desk and Mari, upon investigating, is startled to learn that it is from Armand, who has declared his love. Mari tells the doctor of his wife's perfidy. He at first does not believe it, hut upon seeing the letter, he gives way to bitter reproach for having married at his advanced age. That evening Armand's man calls for another dose of the opiate. The doctor had apportioned it when his eye catches sight of the vial containing the deadly bacillus of hydrophobia. He hesitates; he will not be guilty of murder, so he goes to the reception room with the opiate. There his wife embraces him and showers him with kisses. Her infamy determines him to substitute a dose of bacillus of hydrophobia for that of the opiate, and he goes to the laboratory to carry out his malevolent intention. Returning he gives Armand's man the bacillus. A few days later Armand complains of a fever, and in order to have "better treatment" the doctor orders his removal to his house. The doctor then tells Armand what he has learned concerning Annette's actions and what he has done in revenge. Almost instantaneous with the doctor's last word, Armand becomes a madman. He wrecks the house and springs at the doctor. The noise brings in Annette and the doctor forces her to the madman. He chokes her into insensibility, and her screams summon the doctor who, in going to her aid, is pounced upon by the madman. The doctor dies of the wounds inflicted and the madman, already in the throes of death, is finally subsided by the servants, Annette is now left alone to face the terrible retribution which she has laid for herself. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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