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The Case of Becky, a Play was published in Hearst's Magazine in Aug 1912. This was Frank Reicher's first film as a director, according to a news item. Realart Pictures produced another film based on the play, which was released by Paramount Pictures in Oct 1921. It was directed by Chester M. Franklin and starred Constance Binney. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

The Case of Becky, a Play was published in Hearst's Magazine in Aug 1912. This was Frank Reicher's first film as a director, according to a news item. Realart Pictures produced another film based on the play, which was released by Paramount Pictures in Oct 1921. It was directed by Chester M. Franklin and starred Constance Binney. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.0792.) More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
7 Aug 15
p. 240.
Motog
2 Oct 15
p. 713.
MPN
17 Jul 15
p. 97.
MPN
29 May 15
p. 892.
MPN
25 Sep 15
p. 120.
MPW
24 Jul 15
p. 672.
MPW
11 Sep 15
p. 1849.
MPW
25 Sep 15
p. 2198, 2252
NYDM
22 Sep 15
p. 30.
Paramount Progress
9 Sep 15
p. 7.
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LITERARY
Based on the play The Case of Becky by Edward J. Locke (New York, 1 Oct 1912).
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 September 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
27 August 1915
Copyright Number:
LU6211
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Dorothy, a victim of pre-natal influences who is reared by the hypnotist Balzamo to appear in public and continually display his powers, develops a second personality called "Becky," who hates the sweet Dorothy and does mischievous deeds in her name. When Balzamo tries to win her affection, Becky runs away. Meanwhile, Dr. Emerson, a specialist in nervous disorders, encourages Dr. John Arnold to use his hypnotic powers for good, relating that after a hypnotist induced his wife to leave him and take their child, his wife died deserted, and the child was never found. Although Dorothy acquires jobs, she loses them when the malicious Becky emerges. When Dorothy becomes a companion to Emerson's sister, Becky appears, and Emerson diagnoses the disorder as a case of dual personality. After Arnold, who loves Dorothy, is able to kill Becky, Balzamo arrives and attempts to revive his hold on Dorothy. Arnold wins the ensuing battle of wills and forces a confession from Balzamo that Dorothy is Dr. Emerson's daughter. His powers gone, Balzamo leaves, and now Dorothy accepts Arnold's ... +


Dorothy, a victim of pre-natal influences who is reared by the hypnotist Balzamo to appear in public and continually display his powers, develops a second personality called "Becky," who hates the sweet Dorothy and does mischievous deeds in her name. When Balzamo tries to win her affection, Becky runs away. Meanwhile, Dr. Emerson, a specialist in nervous disorders, encourages Dr. John Arnold to use his hypnotic powers for good, relating that after a hypnotist induced his wife to leave him and take their child, his wife died deserted, and the child was never found. Although Dorothy acquires jobs, she loses them when the malicious Becky emerges. When Dorothy becomes a companion to Emerson's sister, Becky appears, and Emerson diagnoses the disorder as a case of dual personality. After Arnold, who loves Dorothy, is able to kill Becky, Balzamo arrives and attempts to revive his hold on Dorothy. Arnold wins the ensuing battle of wills and forces a confession from Balzamo that Dorothy is Dr. Emerson's daughter. His powers gone, Balzamo leaves, and now Dorothy accepts Arnold's love. +

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