According to the will of old Anthony Cole ( Morgan Thorpe ), his heir must live for one year in the spooky residence known as "the house of the tolling bell." The dread of the house and the superstitions enshrouding it are so great that only two people consent to undergo the ordeal. They are Cole's grandson Richard Steele ( Bruce Gordon ), who had been disinherited when his mother ran away with a dance teacher, and Lucy Atherton ( May McAvoy ). Jules La Rocque ( William R. Dunn ), a distant relative, plots to obtain both Lucy and the Cole millions. One night, La Rocque storms the house but is thwarted in his plan when Anthony Cole arises from his hiding place in the cupola of the house where his body had lain in state. Cole announces that the challenge had been a test of virtue and that Lucy and Richard emerged victorious. Thus reinstated as Cole's heir, Richard marries Lucy.
This 1920 silent mystery/drama was based on the novel The House of the Tolling Bell by Edith Sessions Tupper, produced by J. Stuart Blackton Feature Pictures and starred May McAvoy and Bruce Gordon. Sadly, this silent film now remains lost.
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