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Tower of London (1939)

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In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne, then occupied by his brother King ... See full summary »

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Richard - Duke of Gloucester
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Ian Hunter ...
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Nan Grey ...
Lady Alice Barton
Ernest Cossart ...
Tom Clink
John Sutton ...
John Wyatt
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Lionel Belmore ...
Beacon
Rose Hobart ...
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Boy King Edward
John Herbert-Bond ...
Ralph Forbes ...
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In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne, then occupied by his brother King Edward IV of England. As each murder is accomplished he takes particular delight in removing small figurines, each resembling one of the successors, from a throne-room dollhouse, until he alone remains. After the death of Edward he becomes Richard III, King of England, and need only defeat the exiled Henry Tudor to retain power. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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17 November 1939 (USA)  »

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A Torre de Londres  »

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Vincent Price later admitted the "wine" he got drunk with in the film was Coca Cola. See more »

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(at around 15 mins) A person can be seen walking past the window. See more »

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Mord: [to Richard] You're more than a king, more than a man. You're a god to me!
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An appropriately towering performance
6 February 2007 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

Ambitious, historical tale with lots of battles (fairly well done) and much power struggling, particularly of course by the hunchbacked Richard. The matters romantic slow things down enormously and although clearly striving for some measure of authenticity, there are just too many characters for the budget or script to be able to deal with as one might have liked. However, given the limited resources, a reasonable result is achieved, helped enormously by three excellent male leads. Basil Rathbone is very fine indeed and very convincing in the role of the scheming, Richard and none of the camp Price would bring to the role another time. A very young Vincent price is also most effective and it is great to see his crooked smile and fluttering eyelids already swinging into action. A bit too fey here perhaps but lets himself go in the infamous drinking scene. Incidental to the main story and probably originally added as a bit of light relief, Boris Karloff brings anything but. An appropriately towering performance and despite very few lines and not a lot of screen time he drags himself into centre frame and haunts one's memory afterwards.


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