The Bells (1931a)

UK, 1931
black and white
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Oscar Werndorff and Harcourt Templeman. It was one of three adaptations of Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian’s play Le juif polonais made the same year.

Plot Summary

Mathias murders a rich Pole staying at his inn but is haunted by both his own conscience and the restless spirit of his victim. The Pole’s brother demands an inquest and calls on a stage hypnotist who claims to be able to read minds for help.


Directed by: Oscar Werndorff, Harcourt Templeman
Producers Distributing Corporation presents [US prints]. Associated Sound Film Industries
Producer: Isidore Schlesinger
Supervision by: Sergei Nolbandov
Adaptation and Dialogue: C.H. Dand
Original play: Le juif polonais by Emile Erckmann, Alexandre Chatrian
Photography by: G√ľnther Krampf, Eric Cross
Editing by: Lars Moen, Michael Hankinson
Music by: Gustav Holst
Recording by: John Cox
Designer: O.F. Werndorff

Donald Calthrop (the burgomaster (Mathais))
Jane Welsh (his daughter (Annette))
Edward Sinclair (the sergeant (Christian Nash))
O.B. Clarence (the night watchman)
Wilfred Shine (the drunken philosopher)
Ralph Truman (the blacksmith)
Carol Rees
Anita Sharp-Bolster
Bill Shine



  • The Picturegoer vol.1 no.42 (12 March 1932) p.19 – review


  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.28 – credits