Chimes (1914)

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Released by the World Film Corporation, The Chimes was a five-reel adaptation of the Charles Dickens story of the same name. Herbert Blache, the husband of pioneering female director Alice Guy Blache, played a major role and also co-directed the film with Tom Terriss. The central character, played by Terriss, is Trotty Veck, who experiences a strange and sometimes frightening dream. It is this dream, which shows Trotty the folly of opposing his daughter's marriage, which consumes the greater part of the film (Dickens used much the same device in his better-known effort, A Christmas Carol). Blache and Terriss later collaborated on another Dickens derivation, 1915's The Mystery of Edwin Drood.