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From the Terrifying Pages of Edgar Allan Poe!
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Laurence Payne ... Edgar Marsh

Adrienne Corri ... 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
Nade Beall ... Old Crone
Pamela Plant ... Manageress
Graham Ashley ... Neston
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patsy Smart ... Mrs. Marlow
Brian Cobby ... Young Man (uncredited)
Madeline Leon ... Young Woman (uncredited)

Frank Thornton ... Barman (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernest Morris 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brian Clemens 
Eldon Howard 
Edgar Allan Poe  story "The Tell-Tale Heart"

Produced by
Edward J. Danziger .... producer
Harry Lee Danziger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tony Crombie 
Bill LeSage 
 
Cinematography by
James Wilson  (as Jimmy Wilson)
 
Film Editing by
Derek Parsons 
 
Art Direction by
Norman G. Arnold 
Peter Russell 
 
Makeup Department
Aldo Manganaro .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
John Draper .... production manager
Brian Taylor .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Geoffrey Holman .... assistant director
Alex Carver-Hill .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George Adams .... sound recordist
W. Anson Howell .... sound recording supervisor (as W.A. Howell)
John Smith .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paddy Aherne .... camera operator
Bob Jordan .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rene Coke .... wardrobe supervisor (as Rene Jerrold Coke)
 
Other crew
Phyllis Townshend .... continuity
 

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
THE TELL-TALE HEART (Ernest Morris, 1960) **1/2, 23 January 2010
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

The fifth version of the venerable Poe horror tale I have watched: two shorts, one cartoon and two full-length adaptations; the latter both emanated from Britain: for the record, I had watched the 1934 version at London's National Film Theatre in January 2007 during their "Quota-quickie" season. This one, then, is not very well-thought of – but the result (though departing from the original text in most respects) is interesting and decidedly underrated. It starts out with a prologue involving a cocaine-sniffing Poe (also played by suitably austere lead Lawrence Payne) having the story come to him in a nightmare. The anti-hero of the main narrative itself, then, is also called Edgar and he lives in the Rue Morgue(!!): an introvert, he falls for sensuous neighbor Adrienne Corri; however, when he introduces her to his best friend, they start an affair behind his back and, when he finds out, his jealousy turns homicidal.The plot (as reworked by Brian Clemens of "The Avengers" fame) has therefore been fleshed out but also rendered somewhat ordinary; that said, the stylized approach successfully evokes the author's psychological 'landscape' – most memorably, the 'pulsating' carpet above the floorboards where the body is hidden.

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