Fortune Favors the Brave (film)

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Fortune Favors the Brave
Directed byGeorges Méliès
  • André Méliès
  • Georges Méliès
Release date

Fortune Favors the Brave (French: Le Génie des cloches ou le Fils du sonneur, literally "The Genie of the Bells, or the Bellringer's Son") was a 1908 French silent fantasy film directed by Georges Méliès.


A young boy's adventure takes him to the domain of the Genie of the Cathedral Bell, where he finds a fortune to enrich his family.[1]


A surviving production still reveals that Méliès appears in the film as a gnome; his son, André Méliès, plays the young boy.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

The film was released by Méliès's Star Film Company and is numbered 1394–1407 in its catalogues.[2]

The New York Mirror gave the film a brief review after its American release in December 1909, saying that it "will please the children, who will not be too critical of the stage management."[1]

The film is currently presumed lost.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Fortune Favors the Brave", The New York Dramatic Mirror, p. 17, 11 December 1909
  2. ^ a b c Malthête, Jacques; Mannoni, Laurent (2008), L'oeuvre de Georges Méliès, Paris: Éditions de La Martinière, p. 266, ISBN 9782732437323

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