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According to a pre-production news item, Henry Leone was to be in the film. Sadie Gross was formerly the leading dancer at Niblo's restaurant and, according to a news item, was "the Pavlowa of her day." The original title of this film was The Sorceress . J. Alan Turner, the scenic designer, flew to Mexico to observe a typical village setting and later reconstructed it outside the Fox Studios in New ... More Less

According to a pre-production news item, Henry Leone was to be in the film. Sadie Gross was formerly the leading dancer at Niblo's restaurant and, according to a news item, was "the Pavlowa of her day." The original title of this film was The Sorceress . J. Alan Turner, the scenic designer, flew to Mexico to observe a typical village setting and later reconstructed it outside the Fox Studios in New Jersey. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
25 Mar 16
p. 713.
MPN
31 Jul 15
p. 68.
MPN
7 Aug 16
p. 66.
MPN
10 Jun 16
p. 3602.
MPN
4 Mar 16
p. 1287.
MPN
11 Mar 16
p. 1472.
MPW
4 Mar 16
p. 1550.
MPW
11 Mar 16
p. 1845.
NYDM
11 Mar 16
p. 31.
Variety
3 Mar 16
p. 23.
Wid's
9 Mar 16
p. 428.
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LITERARY
Based on the play La sorcière (The Sorceress) by Victorien Sardou (Paris, 1903).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Sorceress
Release Date:
27 February 1916
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
27 February 1916
Copyright Number:
LP7713
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At the death of her father, Dr. Fernandez, a general leading an insurrectionist faction against Mendoza, Mexico's military governor, Zora, who has learned from her father the mastery of hypnosis, is ostracized by her father's victor. He warns that any woman caught associating with her will be put into a dungeon, and any man will be hanged. With the use of herbs, Zora helps the poor, and when Mendoza's daughter Dolores suffers from somnambulism, her nurse secretly sends for Zora, who cures Dolores. Zora falls in love with Lieutenant Riques, an official's son, without knowing that he is engaged to Dolores. When Zora learns this, she puts Dolores into a trance. After a follower betrays Zora and Riques, Zora testifies, to save Riques, that she enticed him by using magical powers. She is about to be burned at the stake, when the nurse informs Mendoza that only Zora can save Dolores. When offered her freedom in return for releasing Dolores from the spell, Zora complies, and is cast out of the ... +


At the death of her father, Dr. Fernandez, a general leading an insurrectionist faction against Mendoza, Mexico's military governor, Zora, who has learned from her father the mastery of hypnosis, is ostracized by her father's victor. He warns that any woman caught associating with her will be put into a dungeon, and any man will be hanged. With the use of herbs, Zora helps the poor, and when Mendoza's daughter Dolores suffers from somnambulism, her nurse secretly sends for Zora, who cures Dolores. Zora falls in love with Lieutenant Riques, an official's son, without knowing that he is engaged to Dolores. When Zora learns this, she puts Dolores into a trance. After a follower betrays Zora and Riques, Zora testifies, to save Riques, that she enticed him by using magical powers. She is about to be burned at the stake, when the nurse informs Mendoza that only Zora can save Dolores. When offered her freedom in return for releasing Dolores from the spell, Zora complies, and is cast out of the village. +

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