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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 
 
Writing credits
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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
 
Cinematography by
L. William O'Connell 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cliff Saum .... assistant director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
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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Remake of The Bells (1918)See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Good photography; mediocre movie, 10 November 2002
Author: funkyfry from Oakland CA

Fits more properly into the category of gothic melodrama than of horror, but lately it has been distributed as horror (perhaps owing to the presence in the supporting cast of the great horror actor Boris Karloff, and to the film's gothic style). It claims to be from an Edgar Allen Poe story, but this concoction of suspicious wives and somnambulists is really little more than a rip-off of Germany's "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (which was perhaps itself a take-off on the venerable, much-abused Poe). Barrymore serves admirably as the film's central character, though he hasn't really learned good film technique yet, making his performance one in the "high theatrical" mode.

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