Hypnotized


1h 10m 1932

Film Details

Also Known As
Little Gypsy
Release Date
Dec 25, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
M. H. S. Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
World Wide Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; Ensenada,Mexico

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Film Length
6,313ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

In Hoboken, New Jersey, circus elephant trainer Bill Bogard is in love with gypsy violinist Princess Mitzie, but is unable to declare his love because he is poor and she is wealthy. Mitzie, attracted to Bill, is furious when she thinks he is snubbing her. When Bill learns that he has won the grand prize of the Grand National Steeplechase derby sweepstakes, held in Aintree, England, he turns flips and cartwheels and promises to give ten percent to his friend, Egbert Jackson, a black porter. Egbert, however, has placed Bill's ticket stub for safekeeping in the pouch of a boxing kangaroo. After the stub is retrieved, Bill kisses Mitzie, who slaps him and breaks a violin over his head. When he continues, she knocks him out. Frantic that she may have killed the man she loves, Mitzie kisses him, but she is then angered when he revives and she thinks he is fooling with her. However, he convinces her that he is sincere, and they plan a wedding ceremony to go with her farewell performance, as she and her band are returning to Hungary. Bill, however, does not show up for the wedding. The attending audience becomes angry, as does circus owner Charles O'Brien, who had secured a $50,000 bond from Mitzie's father in exchange for finding her a husband. While returning to Europe on the S.S. Austrilich , Mitzie becomes distraught. Unknown to Mitzie, Bill and Egbert have been kidnapped by hypnotist Professor Horace S. Limberly, who has the ability perform his powers on "chumps," and has brought the two onboard the ship to assist him in his act. Bill and Egbert come out of their trance while they are out at sea, and the shock of their location is minimized by the discovery that Mitzie and Egbert's girl friend Pearl, a black maid, are onboard. When Limberly learns that Bill has won $500,000, he hypnotizes him and Egbert again and robs Bill. After O'Brien gets them out of the trance, they learn that a suicide note has been left by Limberly saying that he will jump overboard. At the captain's table, when a Russian nobleman's beard catches fire, the captain spritzes him, causing his beard and wig to fall off to reveal that he is really Limberly. He threatens to blow up the ship and throws an object that the others think is a grenade. Egbert catches it and tosses it to the captain, and it gets lodged in a chandelier, then falls into Egbert's pants and out his leg before it is discovered to be an avocado. Egbert upsets Pearl, who throws a knife at him and hits him over the head with a bowling pin. He unwittingly hides in a box to be used in a lion act and finds Limberly already in the box. The box is rolled onto the stage, and after it falls apart during the act, the lion bites Egbert in the pants, while Limberly tries to pull the lion away by the tail. Limberly bites the lion's tail, and the lion knocks Egbert down and lies on him, whereupon Egbert bites the lion's tail and they wrestle. Meanwhile, Mitzie has caught Bill in a compromising position with a woman clad only in a slip. When he kisses Mitzie, she curses him in Hungarian and slaps him. After he kicks her, she threatens him with a knife, but when he only laughs at her, she begins to cry. Egbert suggests to Limberly that he hypnotize the lion, but the professor says that the lion does not look like a chump. He succeeds, though only momentarily, before the lion breaks the spell and chases them through the crowd, causing pandemonium. The passengers scramble for lifeboats, and Mitzie refuses Bill's pleas that she get into one. O'Brien and Limberly disguise themselves as women to escape in a lifeboat, but they are found out. Soon sanity is restored, as the professor ends up washing dishes on the ship, Pearl revives Egbert, who almost drowns in the ship's swimming pool, and the captain marries Mitzie and Bill.

Cast

Ernest Torrence

The hypnotist [Professor Horace S. Limberly]

Charlie Murray

Charles O'Brien

Wallace Ford

Bill Bogard

Maria Alba

[Princess] Mitzie

Marjorie Beebe

Pearl

Herman Bing

The captain [Otto Von Stromberg]

Alexander Carr

Abe Shapiro

Matt Mchugh

Drummer

Luis Alberni

Consul

Henry Schultz

First mate [Ludwig]

Mitchell Harris

Ringmaster

Nona Mozelle

Captain's girl friend

Hattie Mcdaniel

Ladies' room attendant

Jackie, A Lion

Henry East

Fritz, a dog

Monica Bannister

Bridesmaid

Tepe Monaco

Bridesmaid

Joan Dix

Bridesmaid

Elsie Taylor

Bridesmaid

Alice Adair

Bridesmaid

Dixie Russell

Bridesmaid

Jean Lacy

Ballet girls and performers

Genee Boutell

Ballet girls and performers

Leta Howard

Ballet girls and performers

Estelle Essex

Ballet girls and performers

Alice Stombs

Ballet girls and performers

Anne Nagel

Ballet girls and performers

Eileen Taylor

Ballet girls and performers

Marion Weldon

Ballet girls and performers

Lorena Carr

Ballet girls and performers

Dorothy Stewart

Ballet girls and performers

Betty Collins

Ballet girls and performers

Madeline Carpenter

Ballet girls and performers

Pat Wing

Ballet girls and performers

Veleda Duncan

Ballet girls and performers

Teddy Mangean

Fake bridegroom

Fred Warren

Barker

Walter Lawrence

Barker

Jack De Wees

Clown

George Ashforth

Clown

Al Mazzola

Clown

Charles Bimbo

Clown

Barney Hellum

Clown

Johnny Kacier

Clown

Larry Judd

Clown

Hubert Diltz

Clown

Rex Robinson

Trapeze performer

Junior Fuller

Trapeze performer

Bob Haines

Trapeze performer

Ed Wolf

Tall man

Jack Murphy

Vendor

Ernie Alexander

Vendor

Neil Clyde

Vendor

Joe Bordeaux

Seaman or officer

Ted Stroback

Seaman or officer

Spec O'donnell

Mess boy

Francis Lyon

Man on boat

Roy Wade

Man on boat

Johnny Wilson

Man on boat

Ray Bensfield

Man on boat

Earle Davey

Man on boat

George Abdul

Man on boat

Irene Thompson

Woman on boat

Betty Collins

Woman on boat

Myrtle Buckley

Woman on boat

Betty Chisney

Woman on boat

Lorena Carr

Woman on boat

Geraldine Barton

Woman on boat

Film Details

Also Known As
Little Gypsy
Release Date
Dec 25, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
M. H. S. Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
World Wide Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; Ensenada,Mexico

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Film Length
6,313ft (7 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was Little Gypsy. The opening credits introduce the film as "Hypnotized with Moran & Mack (The Two Black Crows)." George Moran and Charles Mack, two black-faced white comedians, became famous nationally in 1927 when they performed their "Two Black Crows" routine on a record. According to the Variety obituary for Mack, who died in an automboile accident in 1934, the recording broke sales records and established a vogue for dialogue records. The team, which had been established in 1917 in vaudeville and burlesque, soon became headliners in the Ziegfeld Follies, The Passing Show, George White's Scandals and Earl Carroll's Vanities and made two films for Paramount, Why Bring That Up? in 1929 and Anybody's War. The Variety obituary for Moran, who died in 1949, stated, "Although their deliveries were in caricature vein, it never brought criticism and they presumably had as many Negro fans as whites." In this film, Moran appears only in the beginning. In early drafts of the script in the Mack Sennett Collection at the AMPAS Library, there is no role for Moran, and Mack plays a character called "Henry Jackson," a name that by the final film was separated into "Egbert Jackson," Mack's role, and "Henry Johnson," Moran's brief role.
       This was Mack Sennett's last feature-length film and his first since 1930. The pressbook in the copyright descriptions states that Sennett had made only eight features. According to information in the Sennett Collection, W. C. Fields was originally considered for the role of "Professor Limberly." Gene Towne is listed along with the three writers who received screen credit for adaptation and dialogue in an early mockup of screen credits in the Sennett Collection, but he is not listed in subsequent information nor included in a list of twelve writers (other than Sennett) in the pressbook. It is not known if Towne contributed anything to the final film. The film includes a sequence in which animated mice dance in the ship's stateroom; according to the Sennett Collection, Gus Meins was involved in the production of this sequence. According to the pressbook, actor Charlie Murray was in Sennett's original Keystone comedy company. Marjorie Beebe performs her role in blackface. According to news items, the film was originally intended as a fifteen-reel road show production. Although advertisements bill the film as being eight reels in length, copyright records list only seven reels. According to the pressbook, the S.S. Emma Alexander was chartered from Los Angeles to Ensenada, Mexico, for filming the ocean cruise sequences. New York Times remarked concerning the scenes with the lion in the latter part of the film, "This animal submits to more literal tail-twisting than has any other lion in motion pictures. It seems miraculous that several of the players are not clawed and bitten, for this jungle beast is treated in a way that would cause any dog to use its teeth." Variety rated the film as "among the very worst since the entrance of sound."