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December 1960 (UK) See more »
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  (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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78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Version of The Tell-Tale Heart (1991) (TV)See more »


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Heart in the Right(Wrong?) Place, 23 May 2002
Author: Geisterzug from Newcastle upon Tyne, England

I completely agree with the first reviewer.

A little gem - co-written by Brian Clemens (who went on to create THE AVENGERS, THE PROFESSIONALS etc.)

A surprising 'sexuality' about the proceedings. Utterly passe now, but it must have been a little intense and 'naughty' at the time. The slow-burn attraction between Walsh and Adrienne Corri is quite good. And given that the Danzigers' track record for British B movies is not brilliant - this one certainly tries to deliver the goods. The murder scene, and the gore content, is quite graphic for its time. 1961, remember? (I suspect there would have been British censor trouble then, had the movie been filmed in colour).

Trivia: Co-star Dermot Walsh was married at the time to Hazel Court (of Hammer/Roger Corman movie fame.) Walsh then went on to star in the Danzigers' TV series: RICHARD THE LIONHEART. I can still sing the title song on request. Sad, eh? And how Dermot maintains that high quiff-hairstyle is an astonishment. Laurence Payne (who I've always liked and was co-star in THE TROLLENBERG TERROR/THE CRAWLING EYE),lost an eye in the early sixties during a fencing scene in his British TV series SEXTON BLAKE. Great casting for that part, I always thought. He was always good.)Bar tender Frank Thornton, who has two brief scenes, went on to great success as a comedy character actor in theatre, and British TV (eg ARE YOU BEING SERVED?)


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