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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.
I Bury the Living -- Supernatural happenings occur each time a cemetery manager "marks" a plot on the graveyard chart.


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July 1958 (USA) See more »
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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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) | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)
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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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Far above the ordinary for its time and genre, 8 April 1999
Author: Tom G. from Dallas, TX

Occasionally a film achieves remarkable success in spite of its limitations. Such a movie is "I Bury the Living" which greatly exceeds the B-Grade movie standards of its time. This crafty chiller is well scripted, acted and tightly directed by Albert Band.

Richard Boone portrays Robert Kraft, prominent chairman of a large department store chain, who because of civic obligation reluctantly accepts the trusteeship of Immortal Hills Cemetery for a one year term. His reluctance soon gives way to fearful belief that his insertion of black pins into the imposing cemetery map in the caretaker's office can supernaturally cause the deaths of the targeted plot owners. Played off against Boone's role are characters such as the hapless victims, the usual skeptics and the crusty caretaker Andy McKee, aptly portrayed by Theodore Bikel. Equally participant are inanimate objects: the menacing cemetery map with protruding black and white pins, and the ever ringing telephone. The weather is bleak, the caretaker's office is visibly cold and the photography is stunning black and white, high contrast and mesmerizing. The eerie musical score that highlights the scenes inside the caretaker's office and the cemetery both day and night intensifies the suspense all the way to the startling conclusion.

Of interest is Boone's rather unusual role as the tormented Kraft in his only horror picture. Even before "Have Gun, Will Travel" Boone was far better known as a western frontiersman. Prominent actors such as Boone rarely appeared in pictures of this genre, and his rugged screen presence lifts this picture way above the ordinary.

A mystery intriguing as the story itself is the seeming disrespect accorded this film for 40 years. Released in B-movie theaters in mid-1958 (in a twin bill with the ridiculous, long-forgotten "Wink of an Eye"), it received limited exposure and was then gone. Now that "I Bury the Living" is on video, get a copy and judge it for yourself. This video will hold your interest, a sure keeper.

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