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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:
Frank Austin ... Old Man at Inn (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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68 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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Not bad.....not bad., 12 December 2000
Author: Ryan Louis from New York

After reading the Edgar Allen Poe poem, this film seems like an adequate representation of its original moods and feelings. Plus, you've got great talents like Lionel Barrymore and Boris Karloff (even though he has a small role) moving this picture down its macarbe path. So, if you enjoy silent films, this one will probably float your boat. The only complaint I have is in the the 1998 release's choice of music. It seems overly cheesy to be associated with Edgar Allen Poe. Although, the use of silence and sleigh bells adds a lot to the impact of the film. Intriguing with a good pace (plus, it's only 67 minutes, so if you can't sit through long silent films like "Birth of a Nation," then this one is for you.).

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