Mysterious Mrs. Musslewhite (1917)

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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Most theater marquees advertised this Lois Weber production under its alternate title, The Mysterious Mrs. M. Cast in the title role was Evelyn Selbie, but the true heroine of the piece is Phyllis Woodman, played by one of Weber's most talented protégées, Mary MacLaren. The story is set in motion when lethargic young clubman Raymond Von Seer (played by the "original" Harrison Ford) is targeted for a practical joke by his pals. Convinced by supposed fortune-teller Mrs. Musselwhite (Selby) that he is due for a series of disasters, Von Seer begins living "in the fast lane" -- precisely the intention of his pals, who feel that our hero needs a little excitement in his life. And when Mrs. M. predicts that Von Seer has but three months to live, he hastens to the office of his family doctor, where he meets and falls in love with doctor's daughter Phyllis (McLaren).



boredom, con/scam, fortuneteller, life, meaning-of-life, prediction, psychic, second-chance