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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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Louis Garfinkle (original story and screenplay)
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July 1958 (USA) See more »
Through a series of macabre "coincidences," the newly-elected director of a cemetery (Richard Boone)... See more » | Full synopsis »
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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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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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 »
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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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
An excellent little B-movie, 4 November 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

These sorts of films were mass produced in the late fifties and early sixties, and while many of them are in good standing today; I Bury the Living has strangely managed to fly straight under the radar. It's a shame, too, as this film is at least as good as many of it's quickie contemporaries. The film utilises a graveyard as it's central location, and this represents one of it's major assets; as graveyards often make for intriguing horror locations, and when combined with the atmospheric cinematography and the brilliantly compelling story; I Bury the Living becomes more than it's B-movie status suggests it should be. Of course, I'm not claiming this film to be a great masterpiece; but for what it is, it's very good. The plot follows a man who becomes the chairman of a cemetery. This cemetery has a map of it's plots on the wall, with filled ones represented by a black pin, and ones owned by people who are still alive being represented by a white one. After accidentally inserting a black pin into the plot owned by a newly married, and very much alive, couple; the man is astonished when they turn up dead...was it merely coincidence, or can he control who lives and who dies?

The film was obviously shot on a low budget, and as such; most of the murder scenes take place off-screen, and the film lacks a certain bite. However, it really doesn't matter because what we do see more than adequately carries the film, and director Albert Band always ensures that the plot moves well and the film stays on track. Richard Boone takes the lead role, and his morbid presence does the movie no end of favours. It is important that you get the right leading man in films like this, and Richard Boone is definitely that man. The rest of the performances range from good to not that good, but nobody particularly stands out as being terrible. The plot lines really manages to get the audience thinking, which is always a positive element in a film; and while this has nothing on similar films about similar topics, such as Dellamorte Dellamore, it holds it's own as a thought-provoking drama. My only real criticism of the film is that it takes itself a bit too seriously. This tone is better than a jokey one; but it could have lightened up just a little. Overall, I Bury the Living is well worth seeing and comes with high recommendations from me.

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