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Three Cases of Murder (1955)

 -  Crime | Mystery | Drama  -  12 May 1955 (UK)
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Three stories of murder and the supernatural. In the first, a museum worker is introduced to a world behind the pictures he sees every day. Second, when two lifelong friends fall in love ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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John Gregson ...
Edgar Curtain ("You Killed Elizabeth" segment)
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Elizabeth ("You Killed Elizabeth" segment)
Emrys Jones ...
George Wheeler ("You Killed Elizabeth" segment)
Alan Badel ...
Owen (segment "Lord Mountdrago") / Mr. X (segment "In the Picture") / Harry (segment "You Killed Elizabeth")
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Dr. Audlin ("Lord Mountdrago" segment)
Hugh Pryse ...
Jarvis ("The Picture" segment)
Leueen MacGrath ...
Woman in the House ("In the Picture" segment)
Eddie Byrne ...
Snyder ("The Picture" segment)
Helen Cherry ...
Lady Mountdrago ("Lord Mountdrago" segment)
Eamonn Andrews ...
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Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs (segment "Lord Mountdrago")
Philip Dale ...
Sgt. Mallot (segment "You Killed Elizabeth")
Christina Forrest ...
Susan (segment "You Killed Elizabeth")
Evelyn Hall ...
Lady Connemara (segment "Lord Mountdrago")
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Three stories of murder and the supernatural. In the first, a museum worker is introduced to a world behind the pictures he sees every day. Second, when two lifelong friends fall in love with the same woman and she is killed, they are obvious suspects. Is their friendship strong enough for them to alibi each other? Third, when a young politician is terribly hurt by the arrogant Secretary for Foreign Affairs Lord Mountdrago, he uses Mountdrago's dreams to get revenge. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Crime | Mystery | Drama | Horror

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12 May 1955 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

De tre mordens gåta  »

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According to cast member Patrick Macnee, the "Lord Mountdrago" segment was mostly directed by star Orson Welles. This testimony is supported by the abundance of high-angle, wide-angle and deep focus shots Welles was known for. See more »

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Version of W. Somerset Maugham: Lord Mountdrago (1969) See more »

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One of the best horror films ever made!
16 April 2002 | by (Saint Louis, Missouri) – See all my reviews

I was first introduced to this film in a British Cinema class I took at the College of Santa Fe and it's haunted me ever since! Despite what the box claims, Orson Wells has a small part in the and of the film... but the real star is Alan Badel. The first segment, "In the Picture," deals with a museum attendant who's paintings have a real, and sinister, life of their own. The second segment, "You Killed Elizabeth," is not supernatural, and probably the film's dullest installment, but has some good character to it. The final segment, which shows Badel at his absolute evilest, "Lord Mountdrago," has Wells and Badel as political adversaries, and Wells' murderous dreams become real. Of all the small obscure murder mystery / horror gems to go unnoticed from Britain this is certainly the one I wish would receive more attention. It is chilling (my favorite segment remains "In the Picture"), well acted, and brilliantly scripted. Rent it if you find it at your video store! Watch it if it (miraculously) appears on television! Or simply go out and buy it (you won't regret it!). If you want to see the BEST horror anthology film ever, look no further than THREE CASES OF MURDER.


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