The Love Captive (1934)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Nils Asther stars as Dr. Callendar, a modern-day Svengali who hypnotizes women to do his eeeevil bidding. Callendar is particularly fond of preying upon married or engaged women, taking fiendish delight in stealing them away from their husbands and sweethearts. Dr. Norman Ware (Paul Kelly) begins to suspect something when his intended Alice Trask (Gloria Stuart) starts walking around in a trance, but he can prove nothing. Ultimately, however, Callendar is undone when he makes the tactical error of hypnotizing two ladies at once. This leads to a spectacular climax, in which vengeful lawyer Roger Loft (Alan Dinehart) tricks Callendar into putting him under a spell, thereby giving Loft a perfect "couldn't help himself" alibi when he shoots the caddish mesmerist in full view of an astonished theater audience.

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hypnosis, love, mind-control, psychiatry, woman