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30 July 1926 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Lionel Barrymore ... Mathias
Caroline Frances Cooke ... Catharine
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Jerome Frantz
Lorimer Johnston ... Hans
Eddie Phillips ... Christian (as Edward Phillips)
Lola Todd ... Annette
Laura La Varnie ... Fortune teller (as Laura Lavarnie)

Boris Karloff ... The Mesmerist
E. Alyn Warren ... Jethro Koweski / Baruch Koweski
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Austin ... Old man at inn with glasses (uncredited)
John George ... Mesmerist Announcer (uncredited)
Otto Lederer ... Clothing peddler (uncredited)

Directed by
James Young 
 
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Alexandre Chatrian  play "Le Juif Polonais"
Emile Erckmann  play "Le Juif Polonais"
Leopold Lewis  stage adaptation
James Young 

Produced by
I.E. Chadwick .... producer
 
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L. William O'Connell 
 
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Cliff Saum .... assistant director
 
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Perry Harris .... lighting effects
 
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Earl Sibley .... technical director
 

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92 min | 68 min (DVD)
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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 »
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Featured in Kingdom of Shadows (1998) (V)See more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Okay film with an unsatisfying ending, 17 July 2001
Author: Sic Coyote from Staffs, England

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.

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