The Mystery of the Sleeping Death (1914)

Lizzie, known as "the best little safe-cracker in town," burglarizes the home of Harrison, a young millionaire. Harrison discovers the girl at work, but generously allows her to escape. An ... See full summary »

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Kenean Buel

Writer:

Doty Hobart (as Doty C. Hobart)
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Alice Joyce ... Lola / Lizzie
Tom Moore ... Dano / Guy Harrison
Robert Walker ... Amar
Henry Hallam ... Afgab
Harry F. Millarde ... Gunga
Benjamin Ross Benjamin Ross ... The High Priest

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Lizzie, known as "the best little safe-cracker in town," burglarizes the home of Harrison, a young millionaire. Harrison discovers the girl at work, but generously allows her to escape. An hour later, Lizzie is found unconscious on the street. Harrison's butler finds him in the same condition. Millionaire and thief are rushed to the hospital. All efforts to revive the two go for naught; as a last resort the surgeons send for Amar, an Oriental Mystic and hypnotist. The man hears Harrison and Lizzie utter some words in their trance. He recognizes the language as that of his own race. It causes Amar to relate an ancient legend of India to the physicians. Thousands of years previous. Afgah and his beautiful daughter Lola, dwelt in India. Gunga, a man of wealth, sought to marry Lola, but she was secretly in love with Dano, a fair-skinned slave. Kahdin, a wicked High Priest, also loved Lola, but the girl spurned his advances. The High Priest thereupon swore to be revenged. Lola's love for ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Half a Movie
29 March 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

When some enterprising burglars are out a-burgling, they spot Tom Moore putting a wad of cash into his safe. They call in Alice Joyce, well known as the best burglar in the town. When Moore surprises Miss Joyce at her work, she is ready for the handcuffs, but he offers her some money to go away. She refuses the money and bolts.

She explains to her co-conspirators that Moore was nice to her, so she won't see any harm done to him. They begin to express their displeasure with this unprofessional attitude in a vigorous manner, whereupon Moore is on them. When they are beaten off, Moore and Miss Joyce collapse and are taken to a local hospital. They call in an Oriental hypnotist because.... well, of course they do. He observes them talking his own language in their sleep, and he starts to tell an old story of his Oriental country.....

It's a pretty good three-reel movie on its own terms, with some fine camerawork (including a dramatic moving shot that begins and ends the story within the story. The actors are fine, but dagnabbit, the movie as it exists, at 30 minutes, is not complete. There's an Ancient Curse in operation and that curse must be reversed before the story is done. Cutdown version? First of a two-parter? Whichever it is, there needs to be more.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1914 (USA) See more »

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Kalem Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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