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Tales of Terror -- From the haunting tales of Edgar Allan Poe, comes a chilling trilogy of terror.  In MORELLA, Locke (Vincent Price) blames the death of his wife on their only child and sends her away.  When she returns 26 years later, her mother's spirit inhabits her body and haunts the tortured man.  In THE BLACK CAT, Fortunato (Price) takes a drunken montresor (Peter Lorre) home and falls in love with the montresor's wife... so the jealous montresor takes revenge and buries them both alive.  IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR, Valdemar (Price) seeks relief from M. Carmichael (Basil Rathbone), an evil mesmerist.  Carmichael has designs on Valdemar's wife and holds him in a tortured state between life and death...until death itself intervenes.
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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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)

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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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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Color:
Color (Pathé Colour)
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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 "Black Cat" segment was recycled for The Comedy of Terrors (1963) (even the presence of a meddlesome cat). Many of the same actors appear in both films, only here Peter Lorre plays the drunk married to devoted Joyce Jameson, with Vincent Price introduced as the third member of the triangle; in "Comedy of Terrors" Price and Lorre exchange roles, and Jameson essentially repeats her performance. Not only that, but Price's line "What place is this?" from the "M. Valdemar" segment of "Tales of Terror" is recycled as a running gag for Basil Rathbone in "Comedy of Terrors".See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the Black Cat tale, after the police knock open the wall and shows close up of Annabel and the cat, you can she her chest move as she exhales a breath.See more »
Quotes:
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Driver:Ma'am, I have to get back to Boston.
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24 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
The Anti-Disney, 6 October 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

This Roger Corman adaptation of three Edgar Allan Poe stories is fun to watch, hard to take too seriously. The first tale, Morella, is the most sombre, featuring Vincent Price mourning the death of his wife, for which he blames his young daughter. It's short and quite dramatic. The second story, The Black Cat, is an amiable mess, featuring Price and Peter Lorre. It has some agreeable humor, especially in its wine tasting scenes, and has some evocative nineteenth century street and tavern sets. The final tale, Facts In the Case Of M. Valdemar, features Price as a dying man whose consciousness but not body is kept alive by a scheming mesmerist, played by Basil Rathbone. This one ends on a note of pure horror, and is nearest to Poe in its mood and ideas.

Screenwriter Richard Matheson did a reasonable job of adapting Poe, and Corman was probably wise to emphasize jokes in the middle tale, as Poe was one grim, death-haunted writer, and each of these stories is a meditation on death and the tricks it plays on us. Perhaps to compensate somewhat for the morbidity of the stories, Corman emphasizes bright colors throughout, as the decor and costumes are quite attractive, almost garish at times. The actors are fine, the older ones especially, though Maggie Pierce in Morella is quite good, if too contemporary in looks and voice.

I can't resist a few sociological comments on the Corman-Poe cycle of films of the early sixties. Tales Of Terror came out in 1962, the high noon of the New Frontier. This was a time of optimism and social change, the start of the space program and the Civil Rights movement, and yet in the middle of it all there was this series of low budget horror films, aimed mostly at children and teenagers, and quite unwholesome in atmosphere and subject matter. These weren't even monster movies, like the horrors of old, they were morbid movies about death, torture, witchcraft and premature burials. They were like anti-Disney films, with Price, Lorre and Rathbone instead of MacMurray, Brian Keith and Dorothy McGuire. If in Disney nothing really bad ever happened, in Corman-Poe nothing really good ever happened. Disney represented the smiling surface of America, while Corman-Poe hinted as anxieties just below the surface, and as such, sad to say, portents of things to come.

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