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I Bury the Living
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I Bury the Living -- A newly appointed cemetery chairman discovers that, merely by inserting a black pin into a wall-sized map of the cemetery, he can cause the deaths of that plot's owner.

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Director:
Writer:
Louis Garfinkle (original story and screenplay)
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Release Date:
July 1958 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
SHOCKS THAT CHALLENGE THE IMAGINATION!!! See more »
Plot:
Cemetery director Robert Kraft discovers that by arbitrarily changing the status of plots from empty to occupied on the planogram causes the death of the plots' owners. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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They call this a classic, may I ask why? See more (73 total) »

Cast

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Richard Boone ... Robert Kraft

Theodore Bikel ... Andy McKee
Peggy Maurer ... Ann Craig
Howard Smith ... George Kraft
Herbert Anderson ... Jess Jessup
Robert Osterloh ... Lt. Clayborne
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russ Bender ... Henry Trowbridge (uncredited)
Lynette Bernay ... Elizabeth Drexel (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... William Isham (uncredited)
Ken Drake ... Bill Honegger (uncredited)
Matt Moore ... Charlie Bates (uncredited)
Glen Vernon ... Stuart Drexel (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert Band 
 
Writing credits
Louis Garfinkle (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
Albert Band .... producer
Louis Garfinkle .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
 
Cinematography by
Frederick Gately (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan 
 
Production Design by
Edward Vorkapich 
 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (as Jack P. Pearce)
 
Production Management
Clark L. Paylow .... production manager (as Clark Paylow)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clark L. Paylow .... assistant director (as Clark Paylow)
 
Art Department
Leo J. Cornett .... property master
 
Sound Department
Jack Kirschner .... sound editor
Roy Meadows .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Edward Vorkapich .... visual designer (as E. Vorkapich)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Carstenson .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bob Richards .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Eve Newman .... music editor
Pete Candoli .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Gerald Fried .... conductor (uncredited)
Mitchell Lurie .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sam Freedle .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
76 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Finland:K-18 (2004) (self applied) | UK:12 (DVD rating) | UK:X (original rating) | USA:Unrated

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As the film progresses and Kraft gradually comes to believe that the map controls him, the map on the wall becomes slightly larger in each progressive scene, symbolizing it slowly controlling him.See more »
Quotes:
Robert Kraft:Andy, you better get this straight right now. You heard that lieutenant. It's possible for some people to have things inside them that make other things happen. Nothing is impossible for a man like that, if he thinks about it hard enough.See more »
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Lord Randall, My SonSee more »

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38 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
They call this a classic, may I ask why?, 4 June 2002

So many people call this movie a modern classic and one of the scariest genre movies ever made. Why? I have seen it more than once and done some research on it and I question all those assertions. Okay, follow me on this, Richard Boone takes the job as caretaker of a cemetery because it is a family tradition. By accident he discovers that if he places a black pin into the map showing the empty plots, the owner of that plot dies. Several friends and business associates actually do turn up dead when Richard sticks black pins into the spots marking graves reserved for them. It then dawns on him that if he can kills people by sticking black pins into the map maybe he can bring them back by substituting white pins. Now this is where we get to the really scary scenes. Boone goes running through the cemetery and sees that all the recent graves have been opened and the bodies are gone. His plan worked! But is it too late?

WARNING WARNING! I am not about to reveal the real ending of the movie, just the way it was originally written in the script. I am not, repeat NOT, telling you how the real movie ends.

As written Boone was to have locked himself in the caretakers shed which was suddenly surrounded by the walking corpses of all the people he had killed by sticking black pins into their grave markers. They do not attack but stand patiently outside calling for him to join them. Richard's grief is so great at having caused their deaths that he dies of a heart attack. Yeah but that ISN'T the way it ended. A "logical" explanation is tacked on that totally ruins the supernatural theme that we have spent the whole movie getting used to. I for one felt let down by this and THAT is why I say this movie is no classic. Yes it has some well staged moments but the copout ending spoils everything. If they had just stuck to the original ending it could have pre-dated NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD by 10 years.

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