Oscar Werndorff Release date1931 WriterAlexandre Chatrian (play), C.H. Dand (adaptation), Emile Erckmann (play) DirectorsOscar Friedrich Werndorff, Harcourt Templeman GenresHorror, Drama, Crime Fiction CastEdward Sinclair, Donald Calthrop, Jane Welsh Similar moviesCarlos and Elisabeth (1924), Jealousy (1925), The Wrecker (1929), The 39 Steps (1935), The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935)
The bells 1931
The Bells is a 1931 British drama film directed by Harcourt Templeman and Oscar Werndorff and starring Donald Calthrop, Jane Welsh, and Edward Sinclair.
The film was originally released with a film score written by Gustav Holst, the only film score by Holst. The film was based on the play Le Juif Polonais by Alexandre Chatrian and Emile Erckmann, and the English version The Bells by Leopold Lewis.
The bells 1926 silent lionel barrymore boris karloff
Donald Calthrop – Mathias
Jane Welsh – Annette
Edward Sinclair – Sergeant Christian Nash
O.B. Clarence – Watchman
Wilfred Shine – Philosopher
Ralph Truman – Blacksmith
Mathias (Calthrop), an Alsatian innkeeper, murders a rich Pole staying at his inn. However, Mathias' conscience will not let him rest, and the murdered man's spirit drives the innkeeper nearly mad.
The victim's brother calls for an inquest and brings with him a sideshow hypnotist, who is supposedly able to read minds. Mathias, as burgomaster, is called upon to conduct the inquest, but under the intuitive eye of the hypnotist cannot resist torment of his own conscience.
This film is now considered a lost film. Imogen Holst wrote that the film score is also lost.