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Horrors of the Black Museum (1959)

 -  Horror  -  April 1959 (UK)
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The promotion announced that this film was released in "Hypnovision" which gives an idea of the story. A frustrated thriller writer wants accurate crimes for his next book so he hypnotises ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Edmond Bancroft
June Cunningham ...
Joan Berkley
Graham Curnow ...
Rick
Shirley Anne Field ...
Angela Banks
Geoffrey Keen ...
Supt. Graham
Gerald Anderson ...
Dr. Ballan
John Warwick ...
Insp. Lodge
Beatrice Varley ...
Aggie
Austin Trevor ...
Commissioner Wayne
Malou Pantera ...
Peggy (Gail's roommate)
Howard Greene ...
Tom Rivers
Dorinda Stevens ...
Gail Dunlap
Stuart Saunders ...
Strength-Test Barker
Hilda Barry ...
Woman in Hall
Nora Gordon ...
Woman in Hall
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The promotion announced that this film was released in "Hypnovision" which gives an idea of the story. A frustrated thriller writer wants accurate crimes for his next book so he hypnotises his assistant to make him commit the required crimes. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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April 1959 (UK)  »

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Crimes au musée des horreurs  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Graham Curnow was the lover of Victor Spinetti and used his salary from this film to buy a flat on Manchester Street in London, where they set up housekeeping. See more »

Quotes

Bancroft: No woman can hold her tongue. They're a vicious, unreliable breed!
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Referenced in How to Make a Monster (1958) See more »

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Dated but still entertaining Brit chiller.
12 April 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Horrors Of The Black Museum' is a dated but still entertaining Brit chiller that will most appeal to fans of William Castle's gimmick filled movies from the same era ('The House On Haunted Hill', 'The Tingler', '13 Ghosts', 'Homicidal',etc.) The late Michael Gough plays Edmund Bancroft, an eccentric writer and amateur crime expert, who irritates local police baffled at a spate of brutal and sensationalistic crimes, apparently without motive. Bancroft actually knows a lot more than the police suspect, and his meek protege Rick (Graham Curnow) is also involved, but not in the most straightforward way. The movie was originally released in "Hypnovision" but the reason to watch it today is Gough's larger than life performance, and the inventive killing methods, which include the much talked about binoculars-with-needles-in-the-eyepieces. Not a great movie by any means, but an amusing one.


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