6.5/10
314
14 user 10 critic

The Bells (1926)

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.

Director:

James Young

Writers:

Alexandre Chatrian (play), Emile Erckmann (play) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Svengali (1931)
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Through hypnotism and telepathic mind control, a sinister music maestro controls the singing voice, but not the heart, of the woman he loves.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Crisp
Waxworks (1924)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A wax museum hires a writer to give the sculptures stories. The writer imagines himself and the museum owner's daughter in the stories.

Directors: Leo Birinsky, Paul Leni
Stars: Emil Jannings, Conrad Veidt, Werner Krauss
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Unjustly condemned to Devil's Island and condemned to death, Dr. Gaudet's life is spared when his surgical skills save the life of the commandant's daughter.

Director: William Clemens
Stars: Boris Karloff, Nedda Harrigan, James Stephenson
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young man of society wants to make an expedition to Africa, but his fiancée asks him for help about one of her fathers guests shortly before his planed departure. Her suspects about that ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Christensen
Stars: Thelma Todd, Creighton Hale, Sheldon Lewis
The Monster (1925)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A meek clerk who doubles as an amateur detective investigates some very strange goings-on at a remote mental sanitarium.

Director: Roland West
Stars: Lon Chaney, Gertrude Olmstead, Hallam Cooley
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When a crooked businessman is fatally shot, a hotshot New York newspaper reporter specializing in murder stories narrows in on the dead man's associate.

Director: Tim Whelan
Stars: Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Virginia Bruce
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A fake music-hall clairvoyant meets a woman, and suddenly his predictions seem to come true ...

Director: Maurice Elvey
Stars: Claude Rains, Fay Wray, Mary Clare
The Gangster (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Shubunka (Barry Sulivan) is a cynical gangster who controls the Neptune Beach waterfront. He runs a numbers racket with the local soda shop owner. The police are in his pocket and the local hoods are on his payroll.

Director: Gordon Wiles
Stars: Barry Sullivan, Belita, Joan Lorring
At 3:25 (1924)
Short | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A scientist's invisible ray freezes Paris into immobility.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Henri Rollan, Charles Martinelli, Louis Pré Fils
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A murder is found to be connected to a false heir and a secret underground torture chamber.

Director: Norman Lee
Stars: Leslie Banks, Lilli Palmer, Romilly Lunge
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The son of the sheik and a dancing girl fall in love, but when he is made to believe she has betrayed him he seeks revenge.

Director: George Fitzmaurice
Stars: Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Bánky, George Fawcett
The Mad Ghoul (1943)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A university chemistry professor experiments with an ancient Mayan gas on a medical student, turning the would-be surgeon into a murdering ghoul.

Director: James P. Hogan
Stars: David Bruce, Evelyn Ankers, George Zucco
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Mathias
Caroline Frances Cooke ... Catharine
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Jerome Frantz
Lorimer Johnston ... Hans
Eddie Phillips ... Christian (as Edward Phillips)
Lola Todd Lola Todd ... Annette
Laura La Varnie Laura La Varnie ... Fortune Teller (as Laura Lavarnie)
Boris Karloff ... The Mesmerist
E. Alyn Warren ... Jethro Koweski / Baruch Koweski
Edit

Storyline

Mathias, an Alsatian innkeeper, murders a rich Pole staying at his inn But Mathias' conscience will not let him rest, and the murdered man's spirit drives the innkeeper nearly mad. The victim's brother calls for an inquest and brings with him a sideshow mesmerist supposedly able to read minds. Mathias, as burgomaster, is called upon to conduct the inquest, but under the intuitive eye of the mesmerist cannot resist torment of his own conscience. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Horror

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Колокольчики See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

Version of The Bells (1931) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Great Silent Film
21 February 2008 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This silent film kept my interest from the very beginning to the end and this was the first time I was able to view this film with Boris Karloff playing the role as a Mesmerist who had great powers of elevating people and being able to read the minds of guilty men who commit crimes. This story mainly deals with Lionel Barrymore, (Mathias) playing the role as an innkeeper who wants to become the mayor of his small town and is always giving free drinks to most of his customers or loaning money to them. However, Mathias is deeply in debt to a man who threatens to take his inn away from him and force him and his family into the street. Boris Karloff did have a brief role in this film but his great talent along with Lionel Barrymore made this a great silent film classic. If you like good Silent films, this is one of the best. Enjoy


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed