The Bells (1911 film)
|Directed by||W. J. Lincoln|
|Produced by||William Gibson
|Written by||W. J. Lincoln|
|Based on||the play The Bells by Erckmann-Chatrian
adapted by Leopold Lewis
and W. J. Lincoln
|7 October 1911 (Melbourne)|
The Bells is a 1911 Australian feature-length film directed by W. J. Lincoln. It is based on the famous stage melodrama by Erckmann-Chatrian adapted by Leopold Lewis, which had been adapted for the Australian stage by Lincoln.
It is considered a lost film.
Mathias (Arthur Styan) is an innkeeper in a village in Alsace, happily married to Catherine (Miss Grist) and with a daughter Annette (Nellie Bramley). However he is greatly in debt so on Christmas Day 1833 murders a Polish Jew (Mr Cullenane) who visits the inn for his gold. He uses this to pay off his debts and rise in society, becoming the burgomeister of the town – however he is always tormented by guilt.
Fifteen years later on Christmas Day, Mathias becomes delirious and hears the sound of the Jew's sleigh bells. He dreams he is being tried for the murder and is found guilty. He awakes and dies, leaving his family none the wiser.
- Arthur Styan as Mathias
- Nellie Bramley as Annette
- Ethel Grist as Catherine
- John Ennis as Walter
- Ward Lyons as Hans
- Charles Lawrence as Christian
- Mr Johns as mesmerist
- Mr Ebbsmith as Dr Zimmer
- George Kensington as notary
- Mr Devon as Tony
- Mr Devine as Fritz
- Mr Cullenane as the Polish Jew
- Mr Coleridge as judge
- Mr Sinclair as clerk
- Marion Willis as Sozel
Screenings of the film were often accompanied by a lectured from J Ennis, who was in the film.
The film was released in the US in 1914 by Sawyers Inc.
- Mary Bateman, 'W.J. Lincoln', Cinema Papers, June–July 1980 p 214
- "The Picture World.". Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939). Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia. 8 September 1927. p. 29. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
- Mary Bateman, 'W.J. Lincoln', Cinema Papers, June–July 1980 p 174
- "The Picture World.". Table Talk. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 8 September 1927. p. 29. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "LIFE & LETTERS.". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 4 May 1946. p. 5. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
- Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 25.
- "Film Year Book: The 1922-23 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures" p 171 accessed 24 june 2015
- The Bells at the Internet Movie Database
- The Bells at AustLit
- The Bells at National Film and Sound Archive
- Full text of the play
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