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Director:
Writer:
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 May 1963 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Shocking! Horrifying! Macabre! See more »
Plot:
Loosely based on Josephine Tey's "Brat Farrar;" a man long believed dead returns to the family estate to claim his inheritance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(10 articles)
Hammer Horror Writer Dies
 (From WENN. 23 August 2011, 5:06 AM, PDT)

Jimmy Sangster obituary
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 21 August 2011, 4:05 PM, PDT)

Jimmy Sangster obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 21 August 2011, 4:05 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
A dandy little suspense film See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Janette Scott ... Eleanor Ashby

Oliver Reed ... Simon Ashby
Sheila Burrell ... Aunt Harriet
Maurice Denham ... John Kossett
Alexander Davion ... Tony Ashby
Liliane Brousse ... Françoise
Harold Lang ... RAF Type
Arnold Diamond
John Bonney ... Keith Kossett
John Stuart ... Williams
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sydney Bromley ... Tramp (uncredited)
Laurie Leigh ... Woman #1 (uncredited)
Marianne Stone ... Woman #2 (uncredited)
Colin Tapley ... Vicar (uncredited)
Jack Taylor ... Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by
Freddie Francis 
 
Writing credits
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)

Josephine Tey  uncredited (novel "Brat Farrar")

Produced by
Anthony Hinds .... producer
Basil Keys .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Elisabeth Lutyens 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant (director of photography)
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... make-up artist
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
Richard Mills .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John Draper .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Corbett .... third assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... second assistant director
Ross MacKenzie .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Arthur Banks .... construction manager
Tom Money .... property master
Kenneth Ryan .... assistant art director
Eric Hillier .... prop buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jim Groom .... sound editor (as James Groom)
Ken Nightingall .... boom operator
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
Alan Thorne .... sound camera operator
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
Kit West .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Cowlard .... camera grip
Moray Grant .... camera operator
Robin Higginson .... focus puller
David Osborne .... focus puller
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe supervisor
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... musical supervisor
 
Other crew
Pauline Harlow .... continuity (as Pauline Wise)
Maureen White .... production secretary
 

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Runtime:
Canada:80 min | USA:80 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Trivia:
The film takes place in 1961.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): As Simon plays the congregational hymn on the organ in the opening scene at the church the music shown on his stand in the organ loft is an oratorio/anthem music score with SATB lines (soprano/alto/tenor/bass) and a two-stave orchestral/keyboard reduction, emphatically not a church hymn.See more »
Quotes:
Simon Ashby:[stumbles through the door inebriated]
Aunt Harriet:Where have you been?
Simon Ashby:[smirk on his face] I've been drinking.
[Looks at the liquor on the bar in the entryway]
Simon Ashby:Now I need to drink some more.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)See more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A dandy little suspense film, 4 January 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

The film is about a dysfunctional English family who make the folks on the Jerry Springer show seem very normal in comparison! It seems that many years earlier, two rich parents were killed in a traffic accident--leaving their three children to be raised by a nutty aunt. However, only a few years later, one of the sons apparently kills himself--leaving a flaky and emotionally fragile daughter and a son who is a spoiled little monster. This spoiled monster is played by Oliver Reed and he looked like he was having fun with this vivid role--drinking, being emotionally unstable and being an all-around jerk! The sister, never the poster child for sound mental health, begins insisting that she's seen and heard the other brother--even though he is dead. When he actually turns up alive some time later, you are left wondering if this really is the dead brother or if it's a con man. Due to this return, however, Reed begins acting much more unstable and kooky--as this reappearance has apparently pushed him over the edge of sanity.

How all this is resolved will keep you guessing and the film is a lot of fun even though it isn't exactly subtle. And, when the mysteries are all unraveled, you probably will like the the nice twists and turns. In many ways, the movie seems inspired by films such as PSYCHO and PARANOIAC in turn seems to be, at least in part, the inspiration for future films like STRAIGHT-JACKET--all shrill but exciting suspense films.

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