Brass Bottle (1923)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Fantasy Adventure  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Maurice Tourneur directed this colorful Arabian Nights-type fantasy in his usual picturesque style. After attempting to kill his master, the genie Fakresh (Ernest Torrence in an excellent performance) is imprisoned in a brass bottle. There he stays for some 6,000 years until the bottle is acquired by Horace Ventimore (Harry Myers) at an auction. Ventimore, a penniless American architect in London, has bought the item to curry favor with Professor Hamilton (Tully Marshall), the father of his sweetheart Marjorie (Charlotte Merriam). But his ploy doesn't work, and the professor throws both him and the bottle out of the house. Angrily, Ventimore hurls the bottle across the room and it breaks, releasing Fakresh. The grateful genie offers to grant the young man his every wish. As a result, Ventimore lands a wealthy client, turns his apartment into an Arabian palace, and the professor is transformed into a mule. But Fakresh winds up causing far more trouble than good, so Ventimore's last wish is to have the genie go away. He does, and Ventimore finally finds peace with Marjorie.

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