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The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery | 13 November 1959 (USA)
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
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Police Lt. Jeff Rowan
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Dr. Emil Zurich
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Rogers
Frank Gerstle ...
Lee Coulter
Paul Wexler ...
Zutai
Howard Wendell ...
Dr. George Bradford
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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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13 November 1959 (USA)  »

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Die vier Schädel des Jonathan Drake  »

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The script is based in part on the Amazonian Indian practice of removing the skulls from decapitated heads, padding them with hot sand and shrinking them to an extremely small size. 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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Featured in Svengoolie: The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1995) See more »

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A forgotten gem!
17 January 2000 | by (S. Bound Brook, NJ) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film on the old "Chiller Theatre" TV show

back in the early 60's (NYC), and it scared the ---- out of me!

Actor Franz is EXCELLENT in this film, and Paul Cavenaugh (who plays Drake's brother) is best remembered for his appearances in Sherlock Holmes films (most notably, "Scarlet Claw").

Plus, if you think about it, it's the only film i can recall that has to do with shrunken heads!

Definitely a MUST-SEE! Norm


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