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The Tell-Tale Heart (1960)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  December 1960 (UK)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Payne ...
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Betty Clare
Dermot Walsh ...
Carl Loomis
Selma Vaz Dias ...
Mrs. Vine, housekeeper (as Selma Vaz Díaz)
John Scott Martin ...
Police Inspector (as John Scott)
John Martin ...
Police Sergeant
Annette Carell ...
Betty's Landlady
David Lander ...
Jeweller
Rosemary Rotheray ...
Jackie
Suzanne Fuller ...
Dorothy
Yvonne Buckingham ...
Mina
David Courtney ...
Bit Part
Richard Bennett ...
Mike
Joan Peart ...
Street Girl
Elizabeth Paget ...
Elsie
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When Edgar sees his girlfriend Betty getting up close and personal with his best friend Carl, he murders Carl in a jealous rage and hides the corpse under the floor of his piano room. Comes the night, and Edgar begins to hear strange sounds coming from under the floor... Written by Peter W. Many, Jr. (PMSusana)

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From the Terrifying Pages of Edgar Allan Poe!

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A pretty decent Poe adaption
30 August 2010 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This low budget Gothic movie is an adaption of an Edgar Allan Poe short story. I'm not sure if I ever read this one but other reviewers have stated that it isn't the most faithful adaption in any case. Going by what I know of Poe, this isn't exactly surprising as most of his stories were very sparse and to-the-point. The basic premise has a man murdering his best friend through a fit of jealousy due to the said friend copping off with his girlfriend. The murderer is then haunted by the sound of the dead man's beating heart, leading him to madness. While the story is very simple and the cast is very small, I thought the film as a whole was well handled. Laurence Payne is good as the central character Edgar. He seemed to be a somewhat troubled character even before the murder and Payne depicts the man well. I was also pleasantly surprised to see some scenes of gore and violence in such an old movie – the central murder is quite vicious, Edgar later cuts out the dead man's heart and we even have a character fall from a balcony onto a spike! This all adds a welcome schlock factor to proceedings.

While The Tell-Tale Heart may not be anything overly special, it does entertain and it has a fairly effective atmosphere at times. For anyone who doesn't mind cheap Gothic productions or who is a Poe completist then this is a film you may enjoy.


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