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The Bells (1926 film)

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Director  James Young
Language  Silent
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama, Horror
Country  United States
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Release date  July 30, 1926 (1926-07-30)
Based on  based on The Bells by Leopold Lewis and Le Juif Polonais by Alexandre Chatrian and Emile Erckmann
Writer  Alexandre Chatrian (play), Emile Erckmann (play), Leopold Lewis (stage adaptation), James Young
Genres  Silent film, Horror, Drama, Thriller, Crime Fiction, Black-and-white
Cast  Lionel Barrymore (Mathias), Caroline Frances Cooke (Catharine), Gustav von Seyffertitz (Jerome Frantz), Lorimer Johnston (Hans), Boris Karloff (The mesmerist)
Similar movies  Thir13en Ghosts, Suburban Gothic, The Devil's Backbone, Wind Chill, Ghost of Goodnight Lane, I Am Zozo

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The Bells is a 1926 American crime film directed by James Young, starring Lionel Barrymore and featuring Boris Karloff. The story had been performed on the stage in the 19th century by Sir Henry Irving as The Bells. It was filmed previously as The Bells in 1918 with stage veteran Frank Keenan, and in a sound version, The Bells (1931), which are both considered to be lost films. Footage from The Bells was used in the short film Light Is Calling by Bill Morrison.


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Mathias, an innkeeper with several other businesses, seeks to be burgomaster of a small Austrian hamlet. In order to gain favor with local leaders, he offers food and alcohol on credit, but often refuses to collect, much to the dismay of his wife Catharine. Mathias is deeply in debt to Frantz, who seeks Mathias' businesses. He will forgive the debt if Mathias allows him to marry his daughter, Annette. Mathias refuses, and is worried about the debt which will come due soon.

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One evening a Polish Jew enters Mathias' inn. The man displays a money belt filled with gold, which Mathias, having had much to drink with the man, eyes closely. When the man leaves in a blizzard, Mathias pursues and kills him; before he dies, the man shakes a set of horse bells at him. Having come into money through murder, Mathias pays off his debt, provides a dowry for his daughter to marry, and is elected burgomaster. However, he is haunted by the sound of bells and hallucinations of the man he killed. The man's brother comes and offers a reward, bringing a "mesmerist" to help find the murderer. Mathias is pursued by the mesmerist and his own guilt throughout the rest of the film. He suffers hallucinations and nightmarish dreams of the murdered man until the final reel, in which he confesses his crime aloud to the ghost, then collapses, dead.


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  • Lionel Barrymore as Mathias
  • Caroline Frances Cooke as Catharine
  • Gustav von Seyffertitz as Jerome Frantz
  • Lorimer Johnston as Hans
  • Eddie Phillips as Christian (as Edward Phillips)
  • Lola Todd as Annette
  • Laura La Varnie as Fortune teller (as Laura Lavarnie)
  • Boris Karloff as The Mesmerist
  • E. Alyn Warren as Jethro Koweski / Baruch Koweski
  • John George (uncredited)

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