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Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)

Night of the Eagle (original title)
A skeptical college professor discovers that his wife has been practicing magic for years. Like the learned, rational fellow he is, he forces her to destroy all her magical charms and ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Norman Taylor
Tansy Taylor
Flora Carr
Harvey Sawtelle
Colin Gordon ...
Lindsay Carr
Evelyn Sawtelle
Reginald Beckwith ...
Harold Gunnison
Jessica Dunning ...
Hilda Gunnison
Judith Stott ...
Margaret Abbott
Bill Mitchell ...
Fred Jennings


A skeptical college professor discovers that his wife has been practicing magic for years. Like the learned, rational fellow he is, he forces her to destroy all her magical charms and protective devices, and stop that foolishness. He isn't put off by her insistence that his professional rivals are working magic against him, and her protections are necessary to his career and life. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Release Date:

25 April 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Burn, Witch, Burn  »

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$200,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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When Norman hides in the classroom "I Do Not Believe" is written on the chalk board with other key words related to witchcraft. Something off screen appears to him and he backs up to the chalkboard in fear. After the PA system is silenced, he walks back to the door. The blackboard has been smudged, creatively revealing the phrase "I Do...Believe" See more »


At 1:21:48, you can see the guide wire controlling the eagle. See more »


Norman Taylor: I do NOT believe.
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Another triumph for black and white British horror!
6 April 2004 | by (Eastbourne, England) – See all my reviews

I've just watched this obscure little British horror. The only name I recognised in the credits was the writer Richard Matheson. But it turns out that the director was Sidney Hayers, who also directed Circus of Horrors, before he went on to direct a lot of television, including The A Team, The New Avengers and Manimal (does anyone remember that?).

The plot is a little haywire, but this is a great film. It fits into the horror sub-genre "Housewives and school teachers who get into witchcraft", along with Horror Hotel, Hammer's The Witches, Romero's Season of the Witch and many others, probably. It's got some great visuals, partly due to the very dark black and white photography, it has genuine moments of suspense and the special effects are incredible for a film of its age and low budget. It's also known as Burn, Witch, Burn, which gives it a sensationalist twist that it doesn't really need. Night of the Eagle is a much more appropriate title. I highly recommend this if you can catch it on TV or DVD!

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