MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 19,230 this week

The Tell-Tale Heart (I) (1953)

Passed  |   |  Animation, Short, Crime  |  17 December 1953 (USA)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 1,243 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 4 critic

A madman tells his tale of murder, and how a strange beating sound haunted him afterward.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 26 Apr 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 03 Dec 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 24 Apr 2014
 
list image
a list of 39 titles
created 25 May 2014
 
a list of 21 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Tell-Tale Heart (1953)

The Tell-Tale Heart (1953) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Tell-Tale Heart.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Animation | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A henpecked husband sees a unicorn outside his window--or does he?

Director: William T. Hurtz
Certificate: Passed Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A starving actor, reduced to trying his luck in the movies, travels to Hollywood. His cat, Felix, poses as a travel bag and comes along.

Director: Otto Messmer
Short | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Within the chambers of a desolate house, a solitary servant tends to his invalid master. Tangibly detailed period design and hauntingly lifelike puppetry unearth the dreamworld of Poe.

Director: Robert Eggers
Stars: Carrington Vilmont, Richard Easton, Dan Charlton
The Big Snit (1985)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A couple have a fight over a scrabble game unaware that a full scale nuclear war has started.

Director: Richard Condie
Stars: Jay Brazeau, Ida Osler, Randy Woods
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Based on Edgar Allen Poe's famous short story. This film delves into the dark recesses of the human pschye.

Directors: Steve Barry, Brenda Levert, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Matt Holland, Nathalie Bilodeau, Dennis St John
Animation | Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The characters of the traditional fairy tale demand a new approach to the story as a sexy urban comedy with Red as an adult nightclub dancer.

Director: Tex Avery
Stars: Sara Berner, Daws Butler, June Foray
Certificate: Passed Animation | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two baby squirrels ask grandpa to explain what "men" are when he comes in singing "peace on earth, goodwill to men". Grandpa tells the story of man's last war.

Director: Hugh Harman
Stars: Mel Blanc, The Hollywood Choir Boys
Certificate: Passed Animation | Short | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of Frankie and Johnny: Frankie walks into a bar, where she catches her boyfriend Johnny with the sensuous Nelly Bly and kills him in a fit of jealousy. The story is told in song, ... See full summary »

Director: John Hubley
Stars: Thurl Ravenscroft, Annette Warren
Short | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Steve Carver
Stars: Sam Jaffe, Alex Cord, Edward Binns
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An expressionistic film based on Poe's story, about a murderer and his mental breakdown.

Directors: Charles Klein, Leon Shamroy
Stars: Charles Darvas, Hans Fuerberg, William Herford
Horror | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: J.B. Williams
Stars: Stanley Baker
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Bambi is contentedly nibbling the grass, seemingly unaware of his impending encounter with Godzilla. What will happen when the two finally meet?

Director: Marv Newland
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Narrator (voice)
Edit

Storyline

One of the most discussed and imaginative cartoons of any era. It tells the famous Edgar Allan Poe story of the deranged boarder who had to kill his landlord, not for greed, but because he possessed an "evil eye." The killer is never seen but his presence is felt by the use light-and-shadow to give the impression of impending disaster. According to UPA, the art style was derived from Eugene Berman, scenic designer and ballet designer of NYC's Metropolitan Opera. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

landlord | eye | murder | killer | police | See All (25) »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 December 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Det skvallrande hjärtat  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Included in the 3-disc DVD set "UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection," released 15 March 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Then I heard it. It might have been an ant, a clock. But no. Louder, and still louder. They must hear it, and yet they sit and talk and talk. Of course they must! They know, they do! They're torturing me, watching me, letting it beat so that I... That I... Stop it! Stop it, you devils! Yes, yes, I did it! It's there, under the floor! Oh, stop it! It is the beating of his hideous heart!
See more »

Connections

Version of The Tell-Tale Heart (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Brilliant
28 March 2012 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

A boarder becomes increasingly horrified by the nasty eye of his landlord, and plans to kill him. However, he hasn't taken the power of a guilty conscience into consideration. One is faced with a challenge when adapting something that is already impeccable in its original form. To make one's work worth producing and, for others, to take in, one must truly do justice to what made it so. Poe's short story has chilled countless people for more than a century, with its downright disgusting descriptions, how direct he is in the rendition of pure terror, and of the immersion into madness. Many of his words are used here, with a pristine performance by James Mason bringing them to life. The sound FX and eerie music further enhance this retelling, and completing the trifecta is the vivid, at times surreal animation. Never a tale of people but one of states of mind, of emotion and mood, this barely shows faces, it is not a clear, chronological narrative, no, rather, you feel what our narrator felt, and while you undoubtedly want to distance yourself from his actions, you can't look upon the situation from the outside, with judgment and clarity, you are pulled in, and drown in the insanity. The dark, dingy colors, the sparse detail, indeed, at one point, even... sheer black. Silence. This is how you adapt this magnificent author, R.I.P. There is disturbing content in this. I recommend this to any fan of Gothic horror. 8/10


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where can I download this? ComicBookBoy
Discuss The Tell-Tale Heart (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?