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Director:
Writers:
Oreste Biancoli (story)
Riccardo Freda (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 March 1963 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Black Sign of Death Is On This House! See more »
Plot:
A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Barbara Steele ... Margaret Hichcock
Peter Baldwin ... Dr. Charles Livingstone
Elio Jotta ... Dr. John Hichcock (as Leonard G. Elliot)
Harriet Medin ... Catherine Wood, Housekeeper (as Harriet White)
Carol Bennet ... Woman
Carlo Kechler ... Police Superintendent (as Charles Kechler)
Umberto Raho ... Canon Owens (as Raoul H. Newman)
Reginald Price Anderson ... Albert Fisher
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Directed by
Riccardo Freda  (as Robert Hampton)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Oreste Biancoli  story and screenplay (as Robert Davidson)
Riccardo Freda  screenplay (as Robert Hampton)

Produced by
Luigi Carpentieri .... producer (as Louis Mann)
 
Original Music by
Franco Mannino  (as Franck Wallace)
 
Cinematography by
Raffaele Masciocchi  (as Donald Green)
 
Film Editing by
Ornella Micheli  (as Donna Christie)
 
Art Direction by
Mario Chiari  (as Sammy Fields)
 
Makeup Department
Massimo Giustini .... makeup artist (as Max Justins)
Charles Seaman .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Lou D. Kelly .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Silvana Merli .... assistant director (as Silvy Black)
 
Sound Department
Cristopher Curtis .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Schiavo Lena .... camera operator (as Anthony Taylor)
Piero Servo .... camera loader
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary McCharty .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Franco Mannino .... conductor (as Franck Wallace)
 
Other crew
Romolo Germano .... production assistant (as Rommy Deutch)
Lucky Reed .... production assistant
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lo spettro" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
97 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Made during the pseudonym craze of the 1960s, the music score was credited to "Franck Wallace." Italian composers usually registered their pseudonyms with their performing right society, the SIAE, and the identities were listed by Bianco e Nero and the Monthly Film Bulletin who both reported that Wallace was Franco Mannino. However, some reference sources such as Donald C. Willis in 1972 suggested "Franck Wallace" was a joint pseudonym for Mannino and Roman Vlad (the two composers sometimes collaborated and Wallace is a very rough transliteration of Vlad). Even more confusingly, Beat Records released the soundtrack in 2008 and discovered that the surviving tapes in the Nazionalmusic vaults were attributed to Francesco De Masi. So the CD went out credited to De Masi only. De Masi did not work with either of the other two composers, instead being asked at the behest of the director to do a new score, not liking Mannino's effort; what portions thereof are contained in the film, are unknown, as the director seemingly changed his mind again, as Mannino is credited in the film for the score.See more »
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
beware edited prints, 19 February 2006
Author: HEFILM from French Polynesia

This film perhaps holds up better than the first Dr. Hitchcock film and can be seen with or without that film. It stands on its own. A good film for people to be introduced to director Freda's work with. It gets better with repeated viewings and the music score is very good. This is not, just as none of his films are, a supernatural movie. So just know that going in. The film still has a good Gothic feel to it. Sadly there is no really good DVD release version of the film. There is a key and very graphic murder scene that is either cut down or cut completely out of several versions available. Without that being intact the impact of the later part of the film is really reduced. Think about Psycho if you basically cut out the shower scene. Not that this is in Psycho's league but this scene I'm talking about really makes this film work. It would be nice if Freda's films got a box set release of proper versions of his film. He started Mario Bava's career and Argento says Freda had more of an influence on him than Bava was. For now you have to really look hard and watch pretty lousy versions of his films to try to discover him as a director. It's worth the effort but would be nice for him to get some decent releases.

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