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Svengali (1931)
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Svengali (1931) Sinister music maestro Svengali can control the actions of women through hypnotism and his telepathic powers. When a pupil he has seduced announces she has left her husband for him, he uses his powers to cause her suicide and promptly forgets her. He meets a beautiful model, Trilby, and becomes infatuated with her, but she, in turn, falls for a young artist called Billee who also loves her. One day Svengali hypnotizes Trilby to cure her headache, but also examines her upper palate and decides it is an ideal cavity for great singing. He convinces her to fake her suicide, so Billee and friends will forget her, and goes on a singing tour with her. Svengali uses his powers to make her sing wonderfully and Madame Svengali, as Trilby is now known, becomes a sensation throughout Europe. But Billee discovers the ruse and begins to follow the pair, upsetting Svengali enough to have him cancel performances too frequently, so they no longer can perform in Europe. They go to Egypt, but Billee relentlessly follows.

Movie Tagline:
All Paris desired her, but Svengali owned her!

Title: Svengali
Release Date: May 22, 1931
Runtime: 81 mins
Genre: Drama
All Genres: Drama, Horror
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Vitaphone
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Buried.com Rating: 8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S

MPAA Rating: Approved

Archie Mayo

John Barrymore ...Svengali
Marian Marsh ...Trilby O'Farrell
Donald Crisp ...The Laird
Bramwell Fletcher ...Billee
Carmel Myers ...Madame Honori
Luis Alberni ...Gecko
Lumsden Hare ...Monsieur Taffy
Paul Porcasi ...Bonelli
Ferike Boros ...Marta
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ...Mme. Vinard
yola d'Avril ...Maid
Rose Dione ...Trilbys Mother
Julia Griffith ...Concertgoer
Henry Otto ...Man with Opera Glasses
Ellinor Vanderveer ...Concertgoer

J. Grubb Alexander
George L. Du Maurier

David Mendoza

More Movie Taglines:
  • All Paris desired her, but Svengali owned her!
  • Weirdest romance ever pictured! With the screen's genius and his new find.
  • He hypnotizes! He thrills...! Any woman caught in his spell must obey.
Movie Quote(s):
  • Svengali: That might be as well to remember. There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
  • Svengali: Svengali will go to London himself! Where he will be all alone on a platform. And Princesses. And Countesses. And serene Highnesses will fling him their jewels, and applaud, and invite him to their palaces. And he will take you with him. I never look at them. Ah, we could be so happy. Look at me, in the eyes. Open your eyes. Trilby O'Farrell: Oh, I do love you! Svengali: Close your eyes. Trilby O'Farrell: I love... Svengali: Ah, don't say it! You are beautiful, my manufactured love. But it is only Svengali talking to himself again.
  • Svengali: Now... what did we do last? Marta: Don't you remember? Svengali: I am speaking about music.
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