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Herman Cohen (original story)
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Release Date:
31 May 1959 (UK) See more »
SEE! The Fantastic Binocular Murder! SEE! The Vat of Death! See more »
The promotion announced that this film was released in "Hypnovision" which gives an idea of the story... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Gough ... Edmond Bancroft

June Cunningham ... Joan Berkley

Graham Curnow ... Rick

Shirley Anne Field ... Angela Banks (as Shirley Ann Field)

Geoffrey Keen ... Supt. Graham
Gerald Andersen ... 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
Vanda Godsell ... Miss Ashton
Gerald Case ... Bookshop Manager

Geoffrey Denton ... Sergeant at Jail
William Abney ... Patrol Constable #1
Howard Pays ... Patrol Constable #2
Frank Henderson ... Medical Examiner
Garard Green ... Fingerprint Expert
Ingrid Cardon ... Little Girl
Emile Franchel ... Introductory Lecturer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sydney Bromley ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Richard Caldicot ... Ted - Barman in Night Club (uncredited)
Edgar Driver ... Newspaper Customer (uncredited)

Carole Ann Ford ... Teen in Hall of Mirrors (uncredited)
Frank Forsyth ... Postman (uncredited)
Thomas Gallagher ... Newspaper Seller (uncredited)
Norah Hammond ... Elderly Woman (uncredited)
John Harvey ... Man in Bookshop (uncredited)
Maya Koumani ... Hypnotized Woman (uncredited)
Susan Raie ... Dark-haired Girl (uncredited)
Marianne Stone ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Crabtree 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Herman Cohen  original story
Herman Cohen  screenplay
Aben Kandel  original story
Aben Kandel  screenplay

Produced by
Herman Cohen .... executive producer
Jack Greenwood .... producer
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Gerard Schurmann 
Cinematography by
Desmond Dickinson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Geoffrey Muller 
Art Direction by
C. Wilfred Arnold 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bond .... hair stylist
Jack Craig .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jim O'Connolly .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Shore .... assistant director
Sound Department
Ronald Abbott .... sound
Derek Holding .... sound effects editor
Sidney Rider .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Gillam .... camera operator
Robin Browne .... assistant clapper loader (uncredited)
Trevor Wrenn .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maude Churchill .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Ken Jones .... dance music by
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Other crew
James H. Nicholson .... presenter
Marjorie Owens .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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78 min (UK version) | 93 min (U.S. theatrical version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2005) (self applied) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1959) | Germany:12 (re-rating) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (certificate #19228) | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Final film of director Arthur Crabtree.See more »
Bancroft:No woman can hold her tongue. They're a vicious, unreliable breed!See more »
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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Fiendish Fun!, 8 July 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"Horror of the Black Museum" is incredibly dated, unimportant and overly silly but it remains great fun to watch and watch it again. The opening sequence is delicious and definitely the best part of the entire movie. It involves the supposedly third strange and random murder in the London region and shows a poor woman getting her eyes gouged out by a pair of ingeniously spiked binoculars. A better opening to a colorful horror movie is hard to imagine and you're automatically preparing yourself to see a blackly comical and sadist horror gem. The quality-level of this intro naturally can't be held up throughout the entire movie but the script remains involving and surprising enough to keep you amused for a good 80 minutes. Scotland Yard hasn't got a clue where to begin their investigation and – on top of that – they're constantly annoyed by the vain columnist and pulp-novelist Ed Bancroft. The mysterious killer's identity isn't kept secret for long (I even assume it wasn't meant to be a secret) but his/her insane persona is imaginatively deepened. The "Black Museum" is a technical term to describe the police archive of bizarre and unusual murder weapons that were used in murder cases. The killer here has such a private collection himself which provides the film with a couple of utterly cool gimmicks, like the previously mentioned binoculars, an acid-bath and even a mini-guillotine! Michael Gough is seemly having a great time portraying the cripple cynic Bancroft. His performance is more than decent yet I agree with another reviewer here who already claimed that this role would be even more fit for Vincent Price. This film was the first entry of a Sadian horror trilogy, the others being the 1960 "Circus of Horrors" and "Peeping Tom". "Horror of the Black Museum" is the weakest of the three but still a terrifically odd and sensational genre highlight.

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