May McAvoy and Bruce Gordon are the stars of The House of the Tolling Bell. May McAvoy sometimes describes herself as « The Girl Who Wailt ». There are many ways towards film fame, if we are to believe the biographers, but May’s way is all her own. Waiting for an actress friend was she one day, when a friend of that friend saw her, and asked for an introduction. This introduction led to a visit to a film studio and the introduction of May McAvoy to film work. May became a maid pro tem., and waited (for film purposes) upon many famous stars. Then she played Madge Kennedy’s sister in The Perfect Lady, and a succession of « sister » parts followed. She was waiting, Micawber-like, for another job, when J. Stuart Blackton engaged her as featured lead for a series of pictures, of which The House of the Tolling Bell is the first to be released this side. These days, twenty-year-old May is a star, and her « Grizel » in Sentimental Tommy is her biggest achievement.
The Picturegoer (VOL. 3. NO. 15. MARCH, 1922., p.54, London)