How Bella Was Won (1911)

Intertwining tales of love, greed, and secret identities in 1860s London.


Charles Dickens (novel)


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George Soule Spencer ... John Harmon


The first scene shows John Harmon arriving in London. Stopping at a small clothing store on the banks of the Thames, a character, who seems to belong to the docks, slips in and examines the papers in Harmon's pocket. Among them is the will, a section of which indicates that Harmon must marry a certain Bella Wilfer in order to inherit the property, which otherwise will go to old servants of his family, the Boffins by name. Harmon discovers him. Both men fight their way to the back of the store, where they fall through a railing into the Thames. The next scene shows a placard announcing the death of John Harmon. Harmon decides to let the fates have their way and to become acquainted with Bella Wilfer under another name. We see him, as John Rokesmith, engaging lodgings at the Wilfers'. Then comes the ad of the Boffins, who have by this time inherited the fortune; they are in need of a secretary and Bella suggests the Harmon apply. Thus Harmon and Bella are under the same roof. Bella is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy







Release Date:

10 March 1911 (USA) See more »

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Edison Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Version of Our Mutual Friend (1998) See more »

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It is a welcome addition to the series of Dickens films
9 December 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A story adapted from Dickens' "Our Mutual Friend" and containing the well known characters of John Harmon, Bella and the Boffins. The story is concerned principally with the love affairs of Harmon and Bella, and is worked out with care to the happy conclusion where Bella decides to leave Harmon, even though he is the heir to a fortune. Interest in the Dickens stories has been strong this year and the reproductions of his novels has been a happy thought. This one is worked out with careful attention to details and the selection of situations has been such as have materially added to the attractiveness. The players have performed their parts well, while the staging and costuming have been attended to by one who thoroughly understands what is necessary in that direction. It is a welcome addition to the series of Dickens films which have come from the studios this year. - The Moving Picture World, March 23, 1911

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