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The Bells (1913)

A murderer is haunted by the spirit of his victim.



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Cast overview:
James Ashley ...
Irving Lewis ...
Polish Jew
Sue Balfour ...
Margery Wheeler ...


Mathias, an innkeeper, receives notice that his rent is due, and that if it is not paid at once, his tavern will be taken from him. In the midst of a terrible snowstorm, a Jew arrives in his sleigh. While paying his bill, he displays to Mathias' eyes a bag of gold. This sets him to thinking how much he needs that money. The Jew gets up at night and has his sleigh taken from the barn. He must be off to town, and starts with all the bells of his sleigh ringing. This awakens Mathias. He slowly gets out of bed and follows the Jew through the snow. Creeping up behind the sleigh he murders the Jew. He feels safe for no one has seen him leave the house, but through the fifteen years that follow he never sees a golden coin without hearing the sleigh bells as they rang on the night of December 24th, when he murdered the Jew in his sleigh. Mathias has a daughter, Annette, who becomes engaged to Christian, a young soldier. Mathias leaves his inn to purchase Christmas presents in a neighboring ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Horror





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19 February 1913 (USA)  »

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Edward P. Sullivan gives us a forceful impersonation
28 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

A powerful presentation, in two reels, of the drama played by Sir Henry Irving so many years. Edward P. Sullivan gives us a forceful impersonation of Mathias, the murderer of the Polish Jew. Fifteen years after the crime, committed on the night of a great blizzard, we see him haunted by the jingling sleigh bells. He dreams that he is tried and sentenced to hang for the murder and the great fear of the rope about his neck brings on his death. The scenes are dramatic and consistent and the atmosphere of the whole is effective. Irving Cummings plays Christian and Gertrude Robinson, Annette. A powerful offering. - The Moving Picture World, March 1, 1913

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