A Midnight Bell
A Midnight Bell is a 1921 American silent comedy film. The film was directed and produced by its star, Charles Ray. His brother, Albert, is thought to have co-directed some scenes. The film is believed to be lost.
|A Midnight Bell|
Film still originally published in the Exhibitors Herald in July 1921.
|Directed by||Charles Ray|
|Produced by||Charles Ray|
|Written by||Richard Andres (adaptation)|
|Based on||A Midnight Bell|
by Charles Hale Hoyt (play)
Van Dyke Brooke
|Edited by||Harry Decker|
|Distributed by||Associated First National Pictures|
|6,140 ft. / 6 reels/ 66 minutes|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Director Charles Ray went on to lose his entire fortune in 1923 when he produced The Courtship of Miles Standish, which was a terrible flop at the box office. He later died in 1943 from a severe tooth infection.
Martin Tripp (Charles Ray) is a traveling salesman who turns a struggling small-town store into a successful business. He becomes involved in a mystery involving an old church that is supposed to be haunted. Tripp is challenged to spend a night in the old building. A group of criminals, pretending to manifest supernatural phenomena, are exposed by Tripp in the end.
- Soister, John T. American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929. McFarland. p. 389. Web. Accessed June 24, 2015
- Internet Broadway Database
- Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 241.ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
- A Midnight Bell at TCM.com
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