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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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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 

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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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Remade as The Burgomeister (1935)See more »

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Lionel Barrymore as a Young Man; and then There's Boris, 21 October 2009
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

This is quite a decent silent horror film. The print I watched was quite rich. It is a story, not unlike "Crime and Punishment," where a man beset by debt through his own shortsightedness, kills a kind old Jew and lives it up on his money. He spends on his daughter's wedding, buying clothes for his wife, and playing the part of the Burgomaster. Unfortunately, the bells in the title are the sleigh bells of the shay that the old man was driving when he was murdered. One of the strangest things is the appearance of Boris Karloff as a mesmerist. This was years before his appearance in "Frankenstein." He has thick glasses and this hideous grin. He has the power to get people to talk about their worst actions. Everything plays out, but I'm still not sure about the conclusion. It is a very interesting film and it has Lionel Barrymore playing something other than a bent over old curmudgeon.

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