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The Black Castle (1952)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  15 December 1952 (Sweden)
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Man investigates the disappearance of two of his friends who were the guests of a sinister Austrian count.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Greene ...
Sir Ronald Burton, alias Richard Beckett
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Stephen McNally ...
Count Karl von Bruno
Rita Corday ...
Countess Elga von Bruno (as Paula Corday)
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Gargon (as Lon Chaney)
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Count Steiken
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Count Ernst von Melcher
Nancy Valentine ...
Therese Von Wilk
Tudor Owen ...
Romley
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Fender
Otto Waldis ...
Krantz - the innkeeper
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Man investigates the disappearance of two of his friends who were the guests of a sinister Austrian count.

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15 December 1952 (Sweden)  »

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Das schwarze Schloß  »

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The movie was supposed to be set in the 18th century, yet there are German Shepherds in he courtyard. The German Shepherd came into being around 1900. See more »

Quotes

Count Karl von Bruno: Doctor, you're an expert on medical science. Isn't it true that the Ancient Romans were pain worshippers?
Dr. Meissen: Oh, yes, Herr Count. They even held endurance contests. It was a mark of distinction to suffer in silence.
Count Steiken: [Being treated for an arm wound by Dr. Meissen] Ah, naaah! Oh, no!
Count Karl von Bruno: Do you hear that, Steiken?
Count Steiken: [Screaming] Aaah, ah, ah! I'm not an Ancient Roman!
Servant: Herr Count, Mr. Beckett is here.
Count Karl von Bruno: Well, bring him in for this should amuse him too.
Count Steiken: [to Dr. Meissen] Ooohh! - You idiot! You call yourself a ...
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Featured in Svengoolie: The Black Castle (1998) See more »

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Eine kleine Nachtmusik [K.525]
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Nifty Little Murder Mystery
25 March 2007 | by (Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

When I saw Lon Chaney, Jr. and Boris Karloff in the cast, I was expecting to find a typically "schlocky" 1950's style horror movie. The opening scene (a graveyard with a wolf howling in the background) seemed to confirm this. Once I began watching it, though, what I discovered was a nifty little mystery about an Englishman (Richard Green) seeking to discover what had happened to two of his friends who had disappeared in the Black Forest and, if necessary, to take revenge against the evil Count (Stephen McNally) who ruled the territory. Chaney, as the voiceless Gargon, had a rather limited role (one which reminded me of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, actually) while Karloff had a somewhat more substantial role as Dr. Meissen. In fact, Meissen was one of the more interesting characters in the movie, and it was difficult to know until the very end whether he would be established to be a good guy or a bad guy! The castle set was magnificent, and even the limited depiction of the Black Forest was real enough. It certainly didn't come across as low-budget, compared to other movies I've seen anyway. The only disappointment, I thought, was Rita Corday's performance as the Countess. She seemed somewhat dry and didn't seem to put much passion into the role.

That aside, I found that this movie held my attention throughout, and there was enough suspense about how this was all going to turn out to make it well worth the watching. Definitely recommended, with a 7/10 rating.


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