Post by Terry Harbin on Oct 19, 2010 23:00:26 GMT -5
STRANGE ACCIDENT THRILLS DIRECTOR
Without doubt the most unique experience ever recorded as happening during the production of a motion picture comes from the Wharton Studio, at Ithaca, N.Y.
In one of the scenes of the new spirit drama, The Mysteries of Myra, the star, Jean Sothern, visits the laboratory of Dr. Alden, the psychic investigator. She seats herself before a huge hypnotizing machine.
The lights were dimmed in the laboratory, the switch was turned, and to the soothing purr of an electric motor the huge wheel, with its myriad mirrors glancing, refracting and blending the lights, began to revolve at high speed.
It was, indeed, a tense moment. After a proper length of time, Dr. Alden (Howard Estabrook), was directed to bring Miss Sothern back to earth.
To the great amazement of all, Miss Sothern failed to carry out her part. Again and again Leo Wharton called his direction to her which she seemingly failed to hear.
Finally, Estabrook shook her violently.She opened her eyes slowly, and after a moment proceeded with the scene. She had actually been hypnotized.
The hypnotizing machine used in the scene was scientifically constructed. In fact, the same as is employed in all modern laboratories of psychological research.
The incident aroused much curiosity and speculation among the professors and students of psychology of Cornell University. at Ithaca.