Svengali (1931)

Donald Crisp, John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Bramwell Fletcher
Archie Mayo
Horror, Sci-Fi
John Barrymore stars in this Pre-Code melodrama based on the classic novel by George Louis DuMaurier. As the sinister maestro Svengali, Barrymore tries to cast a spell over a young singer, but despite his most fiendish efforts, he can’t quite win her heart. This tale of a most unhealthy love earned Oscar nominations for cinematography and art direction, and features an elegant cast of Warner Bros’ finest, including Marian Marsh, Donald Crisp, and Carmel Myers. It’s the weirdest romance ever filmed! (BW)