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The Tell-Tale Heart (1953)

A man has murdered an old man in his bed and hidden the remains. He is confronted by police. He seems convincing yet just as it looks as if he will get away with his crime he hears the ... See full summary »

Director:

J.B. Williams

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story "The Tell-Tale Heart"), J.B. Williams (screenplay)
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Stanley Baker ... Edgar Allan Poe
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A man has murdered an old man in his bed and hidden the remains. He is confronted by police. He seems convincing yet just as it looks as if he will get away with his crime he hears the beating of the old man's heart, louder and louder. Finally, he can stand no more and confesses. Written by Andy Hayler

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1953 (UK) See more »

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Jeff Wells, a British film buff, bought a 16mm print of the long-lost film in a bargain box at a shop in Brighton in 1984. Adelphi Films, who own the rights to the 1953 horror, was trying to track it down to include it their archive at the British Film Institute (BFI). In 2018, Wells only realized Adelphi had been searching for the film when he tried to sell it on eBay for £5. It has now been donated to the BFI. See more »

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Version of Das verräterische Herz (2003) See more »

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Worthy of Corman
21 May 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Only recently rediscovered, this dramatised reading of Poe's short story by a dashing young Stanley Baker addressed straight to camera recalls the introductions intoned offscreen on behalf of Roger Corman by Vincent Price a few years later, enhanced by nice high contrast photography and moderately expressionist sets.


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