The Bells (1913)

A murderer is haunted by the spirit of his victim.


Oscar Apfel


Emile Erckmann (play) (as Erckmann-Chatrian), Forrest Halsey (scenario) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Edward P. Sullivan ... Mathias
Irving Cummings ... Christian
Gertrude Robinson ... Annette
George Siegmann ... Walter
Wilbur Hudson ... Hans
James Ashley James Ashley ... Mesmerist
Irving Lewis Irving Lewis ... Polish Jew
Sue Balfour Sue Balfour ... Katherine
Margery Wheeler Margery Wheeler ... Sozel
Irene Howley


Mathias, an innkeeper, receives notice that his rent is due, and that if it is not paid at once, his tavern will be taken from him. In the midst of a terrible snowstorm, a Jew arrives in his sleigh. While paying his bill, he displays to Mathias' eyes a bag of gold. This sets him to thinking how much he needs that money. The Jew gets up at night and has his sleigh taken from the barn. He must be off to town, and starts with all the bells of his sleigh ringing. This awakens Mathias. He slowly gets out of bed and follows the Jew through the snow. Creeping up behind the sleigh he murders the Jew. He feels safe for no one has seen him leave the house, but through the fifteen years that follow he never sees a golden coin without hearing the sleigh bells as they rang on the night of December 24th, when he murdered the Jew in his sleigh. Mathias has a daughter, Annette, who becomes engaged to Christian, a young soldier. Mathias leaves his inn to purchase Christmas presents in a neighboring ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Horror







Release Date:

19 February 1913 (USA) See more »

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Reliance Film Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Edgar Allan Poe and Oscar Apfel
17 September 2003 | by The-Lonely-LondonerSee all my reviews

A year before Oscar Apfel enlisted the talents of Cecil B. DeMille in 'The Squaw Man', he was plying his trade by adapting Edgar Allan Poe's work for the screen. D.W. Griffith did the same which meant that Poe created a vocabulary for the silver screen, even if he was not interesting reading.

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