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The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  13 November 1959 (USA)
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Jonathan Drake, while attending his brother's funeral, is shocked to find the head of the deceased is missing. When his brother's skull shows up later in a locked cabinet, Drake realizes an... See full summary »

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Jonathan Drake
Valerie French ...
Alison Drake
Grant Richards ...
Police Lt. Jeff Rowan
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Dr. Emil Zurich
Lumsden Hare ...
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Frank Gerstle ...
Lee Coulter
Paul Wexler ...
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Howard Wendell ...
Dr. George Bradford
Paul Cavanagh ...
Kenneth Drake
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Jonathan Drake, while attending his brother's funeral, is shocked to find the head of the deceased is missing. When his brother's skull shows up later in a locked cabinet, Drake realizes an ancient curse placed upon his grandfather by a tribe of South American Jivaro Indians is still in effect and that he himself is the probable next victim. That night he is awakened by the approach of an Indian, his lips sewed together with string, and wielding a curare-tipped bamboo knife. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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A Terrifying Case of SKULL-DUGGERY! See more »

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Die vier Schädel des Jonathan Drake  »

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Final film of Paul Cavanagh. See more »

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When the family and the detective are gathered around the coffin, smoke is seen drifting into the shot behind the right shoulder of the family doctor. Nobody was smoking in the scene. See more »

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One scary movie for a 10 year old in 1960
28 November 2005 | by (the Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

The movie concerned the death of Jonathan's brother and the brother's missing head. Of course the fact that his head is missing isn't discovered until the funeral. Then the realization hits that the brother's death and decapitation is because of a curse put on their grandfather by a South American tribe he had cheated. At this point Jonathan considers there is a strong possibility that he is next. That thought occurs when he awakens in the middle of the night to discover a rather gruesome looking native, with his mouth sewn shut, standing over him with a long, sharp knife. Now he, family and friends must find a way to save his life. It's too bad most of you will never see this in the theater. (Eduard Franz and Henry Daniell were great actors!)

Seeing it again a few years ago (over 50), I could see all the fallacies and the real lack of anything to be afraid of, it was pretty phony in loads of places. And, compared to what the producers and directors put out today, it, also, was pretty tame. But one more thing I will say scary though it might have been then, now I consider it fun.


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