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December 1960 (UK) See more »
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From the Terrifying Pages of Edgar Allan Poe!
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When Edgar sees his girlfriend Betty getting up close and personal with his best friend Carl, he murders... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A pretty decent Poe adaption See more (16 total) »

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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78 min
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Version of Bucket of Blood (1934)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A pretty decent Poe adaption, 30 August 2010
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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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