Mesmerist and Country Couple

Director:

T. Edison

Producer:

T. Edison

Year:

1899

Distributor:

Edison Mfg. Co.

Country:

USA

Running time:

100 ft

Genre:

Comedy

Format:

Silent, B&W

Availability:

Silent, B&W

Keywords:

Professor, Hypnotists, Mesmerism
Summary:
Mr. and Mrs. Hayseed visit the office of a Professor who they have heard is a remarkable hypnotist. His abilities are demonstrated for all to see as the Hayseeds are mesmerized into standing on their heads and disrobing. Lots of laughs, as can be seen below.
Teaching Notes:
Portrayals of professors in film:
As early filmmakers began to incorporate narrative structure, the most common protaganist in the "trick" film was a professor with magical powers; a Faustian archetype which evolved into the professor as mad scientist or eccentric inventor seen in countless films ever since.