The Midnight Bell (1913)

The picture opens showing the sitting room in Widow Gray's house, the resilience of Nora Fairford, village school teacher. She and the widow's daughter, Annie, are friends. On her way to ... See full synopsis »

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Charles H. France
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Palmer Bowman Palmer Bowman ... John Bradbury
Thomas Commerford Thomas Commerford ... Squire Olcott - the Bank President
Theodore Gamble Theodore Gamble ... Ned Olcott - the Nephew
Carl Winterhoff Carl Winterhoff ... Steve Larrabee
John Lancaster John Lancaster ... Justice of the Peace
Frank Weed ... Martin Tripp
Grant Foreman Grant Foreman ... Napier Keene - the Lawyer
Edith De Valmaseda Edith De Valmaseda ... Nora Fairford - the School Teacher
Louise Kelly Louise Kelly ... Lizzie Webber
Frances Bayless Frances Bayless ... Nellie Bowen
Darel Goodwin Darel Goodwin ... Dot Bradbury - John's Sister
Lillian Leighton ... The Widow Gray
Clara Dale Clara Dale ... Annie Gray - the Widow's Daughter
Dorothy Goodwin Dorothy Goodwin ... Hannah - the Squire's Maid
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The picture opens showing the sitting room in Widow Gray's house, the resilience of Nora Fairford, village school teacher. She and the widow's daughter, Annie, are friends. On her way to school, the teacher is met by John Bradbury, the young minister. They walk together as far as the post office and there are met by Lizzie Webber and Nellie Bowen, spinsters, who engage the minister's attention with gossip of the coming church social and he is forced to leave Nora. They walk to the church where the party is augmented by the minister's sister, Dot, and the old deacon, Lemuel Tidd. The next scene takes place in the village bank, of which Stephen Larabee, is cashier. Annie Grey loves Ned, an officer of the bank and nephew of the president, Squire Olcott. Finding that Annie doesn't love him, Larabee, on the night of the church social, goes to the bank, opens the inside door of the safe with a duplicate of the key he had given Ned, and abstracts several packages of money, hiding them in the...

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It will go well in most places
3 September 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

The story of this old, rural melodrama is pretty widely known and as well liked. It has an old-time plot and is a popular, rather than an artistic offering, with plenty of the good, old horse-play. It didn't take strongly with a Broadway audience in the afternoon; but there were many that seemed impressed and we believe that it will go well in most places. We like the adaptation as acted and produced; the characters are pleasing. Clara Dale is nothing else but charming in the role of Annie Gray and Theodore Gamble makes his Ned Olcott a fine, manly lad. T.J. Commerford makes up into a perfect Squire, although his playing offered not enough contrast; he didn't seem sensitive at all times. Edith De Valmaseda, as the school teacher, adds much to the picture's charm, Lillian Leighton is a motherly Mrs. Gray. John Lancaster looks his part in the role of the justice of the peace. These are capably supported by a large cast. The producer is Charles French. The camera work is of good quality. - The Moving Picture World, May 17, 1913


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1913 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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