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  Boris Karloff (left) and Lionel Barrymore.
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The Bells
(1926) American
B&W : Seven reels / 6300 feet
Directed by James Young

Cast: Lionel Barrymore [Mathias], Gustav Von Seyffertitz [Jerome Frantz], Caroline Frances Cooke [Catharine, Mathias’ wife], Lola Todd [Annette, Mathias’ daughter], Edward Phillips (Eddie Phillips) [Christian, the gendarme], E. Alyn Warren (Fred Warren) [Baruch Koweski, the travelling Polish merchant; and Jethro Koweski, his brother], Boris Karloff [the mesmerist], Lorimer Johnston [Hans, Catharine’s father], Laura Lavarnie (Laura La Varnie) [the fortune-teller], John George [the mesmerist’s assistant], Otto Lederer [the clothing peddler]

Chadwick Pictures Corporation production. / Scenario by James Young, from the play Le Juif polonais by Émile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrain. Cinematography by L. William O’Connell. Presented by I.E. Chadwick. / Released 15 September 1926. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The film obtained a New York state exhibition license on 30 July 1926. The play was previously filmed as The Bells (1918).

Drama: Historical: Thriller.

Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F2 n. F2.0343.

Survival status: Prints exist [35mm positive]; in the film holdings of EmGee Film Library [16mm reduction positive]; and in private film collections [16mm reduction positives].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Alcohol - Animals: Horses - Axes - Bells - Christmas - Confessions - Conscience - Crime: Murder, Theft - Death: Murder - Debt - France: Alsace - Gold - Guilt - Innkeepers - Jews - Lies - Money belts - Poles (Abroad) - Salesmen: Traveling - Sleighs - Weather: Snow

Listing updated: 24 June 2009.

References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F2 n. F2.0343; Aylesworth-Monsters pp. 79, 136; Everson-American p. 174; Limbacher-Feature p. 19; Marrero-Vintage p. 32; Nollen-Karloff pp. 32, 33 : ClasIm-301 p. 12 : Website-AFI.

Home video: DVD.

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