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Twice-Told Tales (1963)

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Three horror stories based on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the first story titled "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment", Heidegger attempts to restore the youth of himself, his fiancee ... See full summary »

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Sidney Salkow

Writers:

Nathaniel Hawthorne (based on the stories by), Robert E. Kent
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Alex Medbourne / Dr. Giacomo Rappaccini / Gerald Pyncheon
Sebastian Cabot ... Dr. Carl Heidigger
Brett Halsey ... Giovanni Guasconti
Beverly Garland ... Alice Pyncheon
Richard Denning ... Jonathan Maulle
Mari Blanchard ... Sylvia Ward
Abraham Sofaer ... Prof. Pietro Baglioni
Jacqueline deWit ... Hannah Pyncheon, Gerald's Sister (as Jacqueline de Wit)
Joyce Taylor ... Beatrice Rappaccini
Edith Evanson ... Lisabetta, the landlady
Floyd Simmons ... Ghost of Mathew Maulle
Gene Roth ... Cabman
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Three horror stories based on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the first story titled "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment", Heidegger attempts to restore the youth of himself, his fiancee and his best friend. In "Rappaccini's Daughter", Vincent Price plays a demented father inoculating his daughter with poison so she may never leave her garden of poisonous plants. In the final story "The House of the Seven Gables", the Pyncheon family suffers from a hundred year old curse and the Pyncheon brother returns to his home to search for a hidden vault. Written by Dylan Conner, Donna Jolly

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A trio of terror!


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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Corpse-Makers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Beverly Garland claimed that she saw Vincent Price--who was a connoisseur of fine art, sculpture and furniture, among other things--eying some of the prop furniture on the set of the film. When the shooting ended, those pieces of furniture "mysteriously" vanished. See more »

Goofs

After Gerald Pyncheon (Vincent Price) discovers the burial vault, he has the lid to the vault almost back in position, and after a quick cutaway, he's shown with the lid standing up once again about to place it. See more »

Quotes

Beatrice Rappaccini: Your daughter is a fine specimen, too, isn't she father? A specimen of the most deadly thing that was ever given life.
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Features The House of the Seven Gables (1940) See more »

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at least two third satisfying

Episodic films, such as this one are not always winners. At times they feel like there wasn't enough material for a feature, so they kind of flubbed it. I'm mainly thinking of films like "Four Rooms" and others along those lines. I think the horror genre is the exception to this rule(think "Tales from the Crypt" (1972) and "Creepshow" (1982)). With "Twice-Told Tales" there are three stories to enjoy and there's a fair chance that at least two of the three will excite your imagination. The first is a story about friendship, love, and immortality. The third is a variation on the old haunted house seen in many old chillers. The second, and my favorite of the three, is just so twisted I don't know if anything can be said about it to not spoil it for you. Here's an attempt ... it's an extreme version of Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" 'A'. Well worth a look!


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