The Stolen Voice (1915)

Genres - Adventure, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Stolen Voice packed a lot of plot into its brisk five reels. Robert Warwick plays an immensely successful opera singer, admired by men and adored by women. One of Warwick's biggest fans is a "mystery woman" who sends him roses. The woman's husband, a doctor, jealously casts a hypnotic spell over the singer, robbing him of his voice. Unable to overcome this handicap, Warwick quickly loses his following and is deserted by his false friends. Fortunately, an old pal, now a movie director, gets Warwick a job in silent pictures, where his lack of voice is no handicap (this plot twist was probably inspired by the fate of prominent stage actor Hobart Bosworth, who enjoyed a long and successful screen career after his voice failed him). The nasty doctor who hypnotized Warwick is so upset by his rival's resurgence of popularity that he suffers a fatal heart attack. A happy ending is assured when the film director casts Warwick opposite his new "discovery" -- a former flower girl (Frances Nelson) who has worshipped our hero from afar ever since Reel One.



cure, doctor/nurse, employment, entertainer, film, fortune-hunter, generosity, heart-attack, jealousy, marriage, opera, silence, songwriter, stage, stars [celebrities], telephone, vaudeville, voice [speaking]