Black Magic (1929)

Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Serial specialist George B. Seitz kept the wild-and-wooly proceedings in Black Magic moving at a fast clip. The film opens with a prologue, explaining how its three main characters found themselves outcasts of society. Doctor Henry B. Walthall performed an operation while drunk, killing his patient. Earle Foxe disgraced his family by seducing a virginal young lady. And Fritz Feld (long before he became Hollywood's favorite headwaiter) donned women's clothing to save himself during a shipwreck. Hoping to start their lives over again, each of the men stages a faked death with the help of a self-styled sorcerer. End of story? Not by a long shot!

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death, death-fake, dishonorable-discharge, doctor/nurse, drunk, honor [recognition], operation, rescue, second-chance, seduction, shipwreck, sorcerer, virgin