On the Verge of War (1914)

Pedro Villard is advised by his brother Jose, that the base of American operations on the West Coast must be ascertained at once and at any cost. Pedro's operations do not fully develop ... See full summary »

Director:

Otis Turner

Writer:

James Dayton
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Herbert Rawlinson ... Lt. Freeman, U.S.N.
Ann Little ... Myra Goodwin (as Anna Little)
Frank Lloyd ... Pedro Villard - Mexican Spy
Harry Schumm Harry Schumm ... Col Graham, U.S.N.
William Worthington ... Prof. Polari - Hypnotist
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Pedro Villard is advised by his brother Jose, that the base of American operations on the West Coast must be ascertained at once and at any cost. Pedro's operations do not fully develop until he learns that Lieutenant Freeman, U.S.N. has been detailed to make tissue tracing plans. While racking his brain for a method to secure these tracings, Villard drops into a theater. There he sees Professor Polari, a hypnotist, accomplish remarkable results along the line of the occult, using for his subject, a young woman whom he advertises as his daughter. Immediately, Villard enlists the services of the hypnotist. The young woman is placed in a trance and sent to Freeman's home in answer to an ad calling for a seamstress. She is employed; her movements in the house are controlled from a distance by Polari. Under his direction she steals the tracings. The theft is almost immediately discovered and to cover her act the girl sews the papers up in the lining of an opera cloak Mrs. Freeman intends ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1914 (USA) See more »

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Bison Motion Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Many of the situations are very intense
21 September 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

This three-reel number was written by James Dayton and produced by Otis Turner. Anna Little and Herbert Rawlinson play the leading roles. The story is one of international intrigue between agents of this country and Mexico. The girl is the supposed daughter of a hypnotist acting as a Mexican spy, but later it is learned he was not ber father. Many of the situations are very intense and considerable ingenuity is employed in developing the plot. This holds the interest nicely and makes a good release. - The Moving Picture World, June 6, 1914


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