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Mr. Sardonicus
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Director:
Writers:
Ray Russell (screenplay)
Ray Russell (novel)
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Release Date:
12 February 1962 (Denmark) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A man of evil... with a face that could stop a heart! See more »
Plot:
A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace... See more » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
While not a particularly great film, like so many of Castle's films it's a lot of fun See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Ronald Lewis ... Sir Robert Cargrave

Audrey Dalton ... Baroness Maude Sardonicus

Guy Rolfe ... Baron Sardonicus / Marek Toleslawski
Oskar Homolka ... Krull (as Oscar Homolka)
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Henryk Toleslawski
Erika Peters ... Elenka Toleslawski
Lorna Hanson ... Anna
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edith Atwater ... Nurse (uncredited)
Ilse Burkert ... Second Girl (uncredited)

William Castle ... Himself (uncredited)
Constance Cavendish ... Mrs. Higgins (uncredited)
Albert D'Arno ... Gatekeeper (uncredited)
James Forrest ... Geoffery Wainwright (uncredited)
David Janti ... Janku (uncredited)
Annalena Lund ... First Girl (uncredited)
Mavis Neal Palmer ... Head Nurse (uncredited)
Charles H. Radilak ... Stationmaster (uncredited)
Franz Roehn ... Gravedigger (uncredited)
Tina Woodward ... The Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
William Castle 
 
Writing credits
Ray Russell (screenplay)

Ray Russell (novella "Sardonicus")

Produced by
William Castle .... producer
Dona Holloway .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Von Dexter 
 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant  (as Edwin Bryant)
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
James Crowe  (as James M. Crowe)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
R. Robert Rosenbaum .... assistant director
Leslie Gorall .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Z. Flaster .... sound
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Homer Van Pelt .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Angel .... wardrobe
Pat Barto .... wardrobe
 
Other crew
Eylla Jacobs .... script supervisor (as Eylla Jacobus)
 

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Runtime:
89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:(Banned) (1961) | UK:12 | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (Certificate No. 19991) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
When Sir Robert first arrives at Castle Sardonicus, the castle is in view in the background. The lighted windows make the castle look like a skull.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Sir Robert attempts to shave when he is already clean-shaven to begin with.See more »
Quotes:
Baron Sardonicus:My name was not always Sardonicus, and I did not always wear a mask.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Foggy, Foggy DewSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
While not a particularly great film, like so many of Castle's films it's a lot of fun, 1 November 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This film never had a chance of winning any awards or high praise from the critics and this is no surprise. Like many of William Castle's films, this isn't high art and it was meant to be very broad horror that would appeal to the common man and woman in the audience. In many places the plot seemed silly and tough to believe but because of Castle's style, it was still a lot of fun to watch--particularly the silly voting segment and subsequent evil ending of the film.

As for the unbelievable plot, a famous doctor is called by an old sweetheart to travel across Europe to help her. However, when he arrives, she behaves like there is nothing the matter! However, it soon becomes obvious that her husband is having major issues, as he walks everywhere with a mask over his face. It turns out that a great scare years earlier permanently contorted his face into a silly and unrealistic looking grimace and the doctor is threatened into treating the crazy afflicted man.

Throughout all this, there are tons of unnecessary but cool torture and mayhem--such as seeing the maid hung by her thumbs and having leeches pasted all over her face. Sardonicus is a jerk in this film and it's really hard to care about his facial anomaly.

By the way, IMDb doesn't mention this, but the mask that Sardonicus wears looks an awful lot like William Castle's face and I am sure that with the director's quirky sense of humor that this was intentional.

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-handedness? vl2
Why wasn't it called 'Baron Sardonicus'? mistermemory
Connection? eagle-78
My favorite 'reveal' ever! tom-2515
Impressed By Sardonicus' Perfect Diction! jack_north
replaced line in Wm. Castle's intro? albersbrian
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