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Director:
Writers:
Charles Beaumont (screenplay) and
Ray Russell (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
7 March 1962 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Within the Coffin I Lie...ALIVE!
Plot:
An artist grows distant from his new wife as an irrational horror of premature burial consumes him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Under Appreciated Poe Adaptation! See more (33 total) »

Cast

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Ray Milland ... Guy Carrell

Hazel Court ... Emily Gault

Richard Ney ... Miles Archer
Heather Angel ... Kate Carrell

Alan Napier ... Dr. Gideon Gault
John Dierkes ... Sweeney

Dick Miller ... Mole
Clive Halliday ... Judson
Brendan Dillon ... Minister
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Directed by
Roger Corman 
 
Writing credits
Charles Beaumont (screenplay) and
Ray Russell (screenplay)

Edgar Allan Poe (story)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... producer
Gene Corman .... executive producer
Roger Corman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ronald Stein 
 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby 
 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sinclair 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller 
 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Corso 
 
Makeup Department
Lou LaCava .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jack Bohrer .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francis Ford Coppola .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Richard M. Rubin .... props
Burt Shonberg .... paintings
 
Sound Department
John Bury Jr. .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Garnell .... lighting technician
Charles Hannawalt .... key grip
 
Music Department
Les Baxter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David Blangsted .... film assistant
Betty Crosby .... script supervisor
Jonathan Haze .... assistant to producer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Premature Burial" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
81 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
Roger Corman started this film outside of American International Pictures. Since Vincent Price had been signed to an exclusive contract with AIP, Corman chose Ray Milland for the lead role. American International would acquire the production just as principal photography began.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When about to show his guests the cup of poison, Guy refers to this as the coup de grace, but mispronounces it as "coup de gras" (as in "foie gras" or "Mardi Gras"). It is very unlikely that a well educated English grandee such as Guy would make such a mistake.See more »
Quotes:
Guy Carrell:Can you possibly conceive it. The unendurable oppression of the lungs, the stifling fumes of the earth, the rigid embrace of the coffin, the blackness of absolute night and the silence, like an overwhelming sea.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nekromantik (1988)See more »
Soundtrack:
Molly MaloneSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Under Appreciated Poe Adaptation!, 10 August 2003
Author: (bsmith5552@rogers.com) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Most of the reviews and comments on "The Premature Burial" tend to dismiss this film as second rate. I don't agree. In fact I think it is as good or better than many of the other Roger Corman produced/directed Edgar Allan Poe adaptations.

The basis of the story is man's fear of death and more specifically of somehow being buried alive. Guy Carrell (Ray Milland) is one such person. He believes that his father was a victim of a premature burial and as such thinks that he will suffer the same fate. He goes so far as to construct a crypt that has many fail safe escape devices in case that he does suffer the same fate as his father.

Carrell marries the beautiful Emily Gault (Hazel Court) and with her help, tries to overcome his fears. Also involved in the mystery is Carrell's sinister sister Kate (Heather Angel), family friend Dr. Miles Archer (Richard Ney) and Emily's father Dr. Gault (Alan Napier). Guy begins to hear eerie sounds and is seemingly tormented by two grave diggers (John Dierkes, Dick Miller) that he encountered earlier. Are there plans afoot to drive poor Guy mad? Who in his household could be behind such a plan? Does he ultimately suffer the fate that he fears most?

Ray Milland was chosen to play the lead because Roger Corman was in a dispute with American International Pictures (AIP) at the time and decided to make the movie with another studio. Vincent Price who starred in most of Corman's Poe adaptations was under contract to AIP and therefore, could not play the lead. Ultimately the dispute was resolved and the picture was eventually released under the AIP banner.

Milland is surprisingly excellent in the lead. He conveys the building paranoia of Guy Carrell very convincingly. The lovely Hazel Court was a veteran of many films in her native England and nicely complements Milland and Heather Angel provides an air of mystery as Guy's sister/

Some useless trivia:

1. Ray Milland and Heather Angel had starred together some 25 years earlier in "Bulldog Drummond Escapes" (1937).

2. Miles Archer was the name of Sam Spade's partner who was murdered at the beginning of "The Maltese Falcon" (1941).

3. Alan Napier achieved greater fame as Alfred the butler in the "Batman" TV series of the 60s.

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