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The novel was originally serialized in The Saturday Evening Post on 2 Jun 1906 and 9 Jun 1906. The copyright entry incorrectly lists this film as being one reel. The actor Gladden James is listed in some reviews as Claude James. The film opened at the Vitagraph Theatre in New York on 29 Aug ... More Less

The novel was originally serialized in The Saturday Evening Post on 2 Jun 1906 and 9 Jun 1906. The copyright entry incorrectly lists this film as being one reel. The actor Gladden James is listed in some reviews as Claude James. The film opened at the Vitagraph Theatre in New York on 29 Aug 1915. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
28 Aug 15
p. 408.
Motog
11 Sep 15
p. 504, 531, 549-50.
MPN
8 May 15
p. 45.
MPN
16 Oct 15
pp. 24-25.
MPW
4 Sep 15
pp. 1665-66.
MPW
11 Sep 15
p. 1914.
NYDM
1 Sep 15
p. 34.
Variety
3 Sep 15
p. 21.
VLP
Sep 15
p. 32.
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 September 1915
Copyright Claimant:
The Vitagraph Co. of America
Copyright Date:
25 August 1915
Copyright Number:
LP6195
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Mortmain, an accomplished musician and rare art collector, observes the research results of his friend, Dr. Pennison Crisp, who successfully grafts a paw from one cat onto another. After Mortmain becomes engaged to Bella Forsythe, the ward of his friend, banker Gordon Russell, to whom he owes money, Russell, in love with Bella, causes her brother Tom to disgrace himself, and forces Mortmain into bankruptcy. After Flaggs, the clerk of Russell's lawyer, overhears Mortmain say that he would like to kill Russell, Mortmain, learning that Russell has been mysteriously murdered, faints and injures his hand. Dr. Crisp anesthetizes Mortmain with ether, which causes hallucinations, and then tells him that although the hand must be amputated, he can graft another in its place. After Tom, the murder suspect, accepts Crisp's offer of $10,000 and dies during the transplant, Mortmain, with Tom's hand, gradually goes insane as Flaggs blackmails him and Bella recoils from his touch. As the hand uncontrollably chokes Flaggs, Mortmain awakens from his ether-induced dream. Tom is alive, and Flaggs confesses that he killed Russell after Russell ruined him ... +


Mortmain, an accomplished musician and rare art collector, observes the research results of his friend, Dr. Pennison Crisp, who successfully grafts a paw from one cat onto another. After Mortmain becomes engaged to Bella Forsythe, the ward of his friend, banker Gordon Russell, to whom he owes money, Russell, in love with Bella, causes her brother Tom to disgrace himself, and forces Mortmain into bankruptcy. After Flaggs, the clerk of Russell's lawyer, overhears Mortmain say that he would like to kill Russell, Mortmain, learning that Russell has been mysteriously murdered, faints and injures his hand. Dr. Crisp anesthetizes Mortmain with ether, which causes hallucinations, and then tells him that although the hand must be amputated, he can graft another in its place. After Tom, the murder suspect, accepts Crisp's offer of $10,000 and dies during the transplant, Mortmain, with Tom's hand, gradually goes insane as Flaggs blackmails him and Bella recoils from his touch. As the hand uncontrollably chokes Flaggs, Mortmain awakens from his ether-induced dream. Tom is alive, and Flaggs confesses that he killed Russell after Russell ruined him financially. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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