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Tales of Terror -- Three tales of terror involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife's black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man's death.

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Director:
Writers:
Richard Matheson (screenplay)
Edgar Allan Poe (based on the stories by)
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Release Date:
23 February 1963 (Denmark) See more »
Tagline:
A Trilogy of Shock and Horror!
Plot:
Three tales of terror involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife's black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man's death. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(42 articles)
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User Reviews:
Pretty good See more (47 total) »

Cast

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Vincent Price ... Locke / Fortunato Luchresi / Ernest Valdemar
Maggie Pierce ... Lenora (segment "Morella")
Leona Gage ... Morella (segment "Morella")

Peter Lorre ... Montresor (segment "The Black Cat")

Joyce Jameson ... Annabel (segment "The Black Cat")

Basil Rathbone ... Carmichael (segment "The Case of M. Valdemar")

Debra Paget ... Helene (segment "The Case of M. Valdemar")
David Frankham ... Dr. James (segment "The Case of M. Valdemar")
Lennie Weinrib ... Policeman (segment "The Black Cat")
Wally Campo ... Barman Wilkins (segment "The Black Cat")
Alan DeWitt ... Chairman of Wine Society (segment "The Black Cat") (as Alan DeWit)
John Hackett ... Policeman (segment "The Black Cat")
Edmund Cobb ... Driver (segment "Morella") (as Ed Cobb)
Scott Brown ... Servant (segment "The Case of M. Valdemar")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bradley ... Wine Society Member (segment "The Black Cat") (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Wine Society Member (segment "The Black Cat") (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Tavern Patron (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Wine Society Member (segment "The Black Cat") (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Wine Society Member (segment "The Black Cat") (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roger Corman 
 
Writing credits
Richard Matheson (screenplay)

Edgar Allan Poe (based on the stories by)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Roger Corman .... producer
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Anthony Carras 
 
Production Design by
Daniel Haller 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
 
Makeup Department
Lou LaCava .... makeup artist (as Lou La Cava)
Ray Forman .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Robert Agnew .... unit manager
Bartlett A. Carre .... production manager (as Bartlett A. Carré)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Bohrer .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ross Hahn .... construction coordinator
Richard M. Rubin .... property master (as Dick Rubin)
John Ceniga .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John L. Bury .... sound (as John Bury)
Jack Woods .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Pat Dinga .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marjorie Corso .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Eve Newman .... music editor
Al Simms .... music coordinator
 
Other crew
Jack W. Cash .... production assistant (as Jack Cash)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Terror" - USA (alternative title)
"Morella" - USA (segment title)
"The Black Cat" - USA (segment title)
"The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" - USA (segment title)
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Runtime:
89 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Pathé Colour)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (video rating) (1993) | USA:Approved (PCA #20234) | USA:Unrated (video release)

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Trivia:
The adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat" also incorporates elements of Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Peter Lorre enters the residence and starts breaking pots,looking for money, one of the pots has a round base and is fluted. The pot hitting the floor, near the cat, is a little different color grey and more cylindrical.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Driver:Ma'am, I have to get back to Boston.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Morgan Stewart's Coming Home (1987)See more »

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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Pretty good, 2 October 2004
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Another of the Roger Corman/Vincent Price films based VERY loosely on three Edgar Allan Poe tales.

The first is "Morella" where a dying girl comes to visit her father (Price) and find out why he abandoned her as a child. It has to do with her mother (Morella) and her death. Well-done but it doesn't make a lot of sense.

"The Black Cat" is about a man (Peter Lorre) finding out his wife is cheating on him with someone else (Price). It's pretty good but Lorre's acting turns it into a comedy more than a horror story.

"The Case of M. Valdemar" has an evil mesmerist (Basil Rathbone) keeping a man's spirit alive while his body wastes away. Well-done with a pretty gruesome ending.

Basically this a good anthology of horror stories. They're well-produced, well-acted and written. Just don't expect them to be anything like the Poe tales (especially "Morella"). GREAT liberties have been taken with the stories--they just use them as a starting point and build on it.

Also try to see it letter-boxed--the pan and scan TV version is pretty terrible.

I give it a 7.

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