The Bells (1926)

92m, 1920.24 metres, 7 reels
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

An American fantasy film directed by James Young.

Plot Summary

Innkeeper Mathias murders a rich Pole staying at his inn and is almost driven insane by his victim's restless spirit. The murdered man's brother holds an inquest and calls on the services of a mind-reading sideshow mesmerist to help expose the killer.


Director: James Young
Chadwick Pictures Corporation
Producer: I.E. Chadwick
Script: James Young
Play: Le Juif Polonaise by Alexandre Chatrian, Emile Erckmann
Assistant Director: Cliff Saum
Director of Photography: L. William O'Connell
Lighting Effects: Perry Harris
Technical Director: Earl Sibley

Lionel Barrymore (Mathias)
Caroline Frances Cooke (Catharine)
Gustav von Seyffertitz (Jerome Frantz)
Lorimer Johnston (Hans)
Edward Phillips (Christian)
Lola Todd (Annette)
Laura Lavarnie (fortune teller)
Boris Karloff (the mesmerist)
E. Alyn Warren (Jethro Koweski/Baruch Koweski)
John George

Remake of

The Bells (1931)
The Burgomeister (1935)

Extracts included in
Kingdom of Shadows (1998)


The Bioscope vol.68 no.1041 (23 September 1926) – review
Classic Images no.281 (November 1998) p.36 – review
Classic Images no.316 (October 2001) p.52 – video review

Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) by Phil Hardy (ed) p.35 – illustrated credits, review
The Films of Boris Karloff by Richard Bojarski and Kenneth Beals p.40 – credits, synopsis
Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.44 – credits
by Walt Lee p.30 – credits