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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 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
 
Camera and Electrical Department
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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2 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Less Than Mesmerising, 1 November 2006
Author: jldmp1 (jldmp1@aol.com) from United States

My objection to this is not with the story itself, but with the absolute paucity of imagination involved in converting this from play to film.

You can easily count the cinematic moments - the bloody hands, the filter color changes to denote Barrymore's state of mind, the ghostly split-screen compositions...they seem to distract from the 'play' more than they amplify any notions that this is supposed to be a movie. The ideas are not worth studying or seeking out.

I don't give this my lowest rating, which I reserve for those movies that offend in some way. At worst, this is ineffectual.

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