MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 23,362 this week

The Bells (1926)

 -  Crime | Drama | Horror  -  30 July 1926 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 230 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 6 critic

An innkeeper murders a wealthy guest to pay off his debt, but his conscience will not allow him to get away with the crime so easily.

Director:

Writers:

(play), (play), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 54 titles
created 31 Oct 2012
 
a list of 336 titles
created 07 Jan 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 09 Jan 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 04 May 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Bells" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Bells (1926)

The Bells (1926) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Bells.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Seeking revenge, an athletic young man joins the pirate band responsible for his father's death.

Director: Albert Parker
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Billie Dove, Tempe Pigott
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will.

Director: Paul Leni
Stars: Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale, Forrest Stanley
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

During a dinner, given by a wealthy baron and his wive, attended by four of her suitors in a 19th century German manor, a shadow-player rescues the marriage by giving all the guests a ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Robison
Stars: Alexander Granach, Max Gülstorff, Lilli Herder
Crime | Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A master criminal terrorizes the occupants of an isolated country mansion.

Director: Roland West
Stars: Chance Ward, Richard Tucker, Wilson Benge
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A romantic rivalry among members of a secret society becomes even tenser when one of the men is assigned to carry out an assassination.

Director: Wallace Worsley
Stars: Lon Chaney, Leatrice Joy, John Bowers
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A scene from The Bells (1926) is optically reprinted and edited to Michael Gordon¹s 7 minute composition. A meditation on the fleeting nature of life and love, as seen through the roiling emulsion of an film.

Director: Bill Morrison
The Bat (1926)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A masked criminal who dresses like a giant bat terrorizes the guests at an old house rented by a mystery writer.

Director: Roland West
Stars: George Beranger, Charles Herzinger, Emily Fitzroy
Crime | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.

Director: Robert Wiene
Stars: Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, Fritz Kortner
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Objected to date his sweetheart by his uncle, a young man turns his thoughts to murder.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Henry B. Walthall, Spottiswoode Aitken, Blanche Sweet
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two orphaned sisters are caught up in the turmoil of the French Revolution, encountering misery and love along the way.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, Joseph Schildkraut
The Bells (1918)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A murderer is driven slowly insane by a sequence of coincidences and suggestive events which will not allow him to escape his own sense of guilt for his crime.

Director: Ernest C. Warde
Stars: Frank Keenan, Lois Wilson, Edward Coxen
The Monster (1925)
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A meek clerk who doubles as an amateur detective investigates some very strange goings-on at a remote mental sanitarium.

Director: Roland West
Stars: Lon Chaney, Gertrude Olmstead, Hallam Cooley
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Caroline Frances Cooke ...
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Lorimer Johnston ...
Eddie Phillips ...
Christian (as Edward Phillips)
Lola Todd ...
Laura La Varnie ...
Fortune Teller (as Laura Lavarnie)
...
E. Alyn Warren ...
Jethro Koweski / Baruch Koweski
Edit

Storyline

Mathias, an Alsatian innkeeper, murders a rich Pole staying at his inn But Mathias' conscience will not let him rest, and the murdered man's spirit drives the innkeeper nearly mad. The victim's brother calls for an inquest and brings with him a sideshow mesmerist supposedly able to read minds. Mathias, as burgomaster, is called upon to conduct the inquest, but under the intuitive eye of the mesmerist cannot resist torment of his own conscience. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

remake | based on play | See All (2) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Horror

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 July 1926 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Immediate inspiration for the Sept. 1926 film seems to have been the April 1926 New York stage adaptation (one of many). On Broadway that April, director Rollo Lloyd also acted the lead role of Mathias (played by Lionel Barrymore's in the film) and Edward Loeffler played the mesmerist (Boris Karloff in the film). J.M. Kerrigan (later seen in a number of John Ford films) on Broadway '26 played Father Walter. See more »

Connections

Version of The Bells (1923) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Okay film with an unsatisfying ending
17 July 2001 | by (Staffs, England) – See all my reviews

I'm taking an interest in silent horror films at the moment, so far I have seen this film and Nosferatu. Nosferatu is of cause much better, with a real style and sense of horror. This movie is rather dull and boring in places although it does have points of note. The starting of the film is good introducing all the characters and the setting, but then it takes a little while to get into the plot. The murder and the lead up to it is another high point, with a good use of tinting to show where things are turning bad. The use of the sleigh bells is important to outline the bells the innkeeper is haunted by. The ending is rather short and rather unsatisfying with not enough explanation of what happens at the end. Overall not bad but not really more than average.


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why DVD only 68m gnok2002
Discuss The Bells (1926) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?