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HISTORY

The character "Calistro" was probably inspired by the eighteenth century charlatan Giuseppe Balsamo, better known as Cagliostro, the main character in Alexandre Dumas', père's Mémoires d'un mêdecin: Joseph Balsamo , Paris, ... More Less

The character "Calistro" was probably inspired by the eighteenth century charlatan Giuseppe Balsamo, better known as Cagliostro, the main character in Alexandre Dumas', père's Mémoires d'un mêdecin: Joseph Balsamo , Paris, 1846-48. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
11 Aug 17
p. 784.
Motog
18 Aug 17
p. 373.
MPW
18 Aug 17
p. 1081, 1117
NYDM
3 Aug 17
p. 25.
Wid's
20 Sep 17
p. 605.
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 July 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.
Copyright Date:
9 July 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11065
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Rose Jorgensen, who lives in a squalid tenement house, hears that her husband is to be electrocuted, she commits suicide, leaving two young daughters, Rose and Norma. Rose is adopted by Judge and Mrs. Keith and brought up in luxury, while Norma is adopted by a neighbor and raised in squalor. Once grown, Norma is noticed by a hypnotist named Calistro who employs her to be his subject. Calistro becomes a society fad and while at an engagement, he notices the resemblance between Norma and Rose and learns of their past. Calistro confronts Rose with her past, and fearing blackmail, Rose breaks her engagement to wealthy Dick Alden and flees to Bermuda. In her absence, Dick is enthralled by Norma's resemblance to his lost love and offers to marry her, but when Rose returns, Norma learns that Dick still loves her sister. Later, when the building in which Rose is sleeping catches fire, Norma heroically saves her sister and forfeits her life so that Rose may ... +


When Rose Jorgensen, who lives in a squalid tenement house, hears that her husband is to be electrocuted, she commits suicide, leaving two young daughters, Rose and Norma. Rose is adopted by Judge and Mrs. Keith and brought up in luxury, while Norma is adopted by a neighbor and raised in squalor. Once grown, Norma is noticed by a hypnotist named Calistro who employs her to be his subject. Calistro becomes a society fad and while at an engagement, he notices the resemblance between Norma and Rose and learns of their past. Calistro confronts Rose with her past, and fearing blackmail, Rose breaks her engagement to wealthy Dick Alden and flees to Bermuda. In her absence, Dick is enthralled by Norma's resemblance to his lost love and offers to marry her, but when Rose returns, Norma learns that Dick still loves her sister. Later, when the building in which Rose is sleeping catches fire, Norma heroically saves her sister and forfeits her life so that Rose may live. +

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