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Twice-Told Tales -- Vincent Price hosts three chilling horror tales based on stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Twice-Told Tales -- 3 horror stories based on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the 1st story titled "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment"...

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Writers:
Nathaniel Hawthorne (based on the stories by)
Robert E. Kent (written by)
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Release Date:
September 1963 (USA) See more »
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A trio of terror!
Plot:
3 horror stories based on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the 1st story titled "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment"... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Vincent Price ... Alex Medbourne / Dr. Giacomo Rappaccini / Gerald Pyncheon
Joyce Taylor ... Beatrice Rappaccini

Sebastian Cabot ... Dr. Carl Heidigger

Brett Halsey ... Giovanni Guasconti

Beverly Garland ... Alice Pyncheon
Richard Denning ... Jonathan Maulle
Mari Blanchard ... Sylvia Ward

Abraham Sofaer ... Prof. Pietro Baglioni
Jacqueline deWit ... Hannah Pyncheon, Gerald's Sister
Edith Evanson ... Lisabetta, the landlady
Floyd Simmons ... Ghost of Mathew Maulle
Gene Roth ... Cabman

Directed by
Sidney Salkow 
 
Writing credits
Nathaniel Hawthorne (based on the stories by)

Robert E. Kent (written by)

Produced by
Robert E. Kent .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard LaSalle 
 
Cinematography by
Ellis W. Carter 
 
Art Direction by
Franz Bachelin 
 
Set Decoration by
Charles S. Thompson  (as Charles Thompson)
 
Makeup Department
Gene Hibbs .... makeup artist
Jane Shugrue .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Joseph Small .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Westen .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Irving W. Sindler .... property master (as Irving Sindler)
 
Sound Department
Alfred R. Bird .... sound effects editor (as Al Bird)
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
 
Special Effects by
Milton Olsen .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marjorie Corso .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Grant Whytock .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Edna Bullock .... music editor
 
Other crew
Jean Downing .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"The Corpse-Makers" - , USA (working title)
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Runtime:
120 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
Completed October 1962.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: In the 'Dr. Heidegger's Experiment' segment of the film, while Vincent Price and Mari Blanchard are having a conversation in front of the portrait of Blanchard's character, the shadow of a boom microphone can clearly be seen moving back and forth above and between the shadows of Price and Blanchard.See more »
Quotes:
Beatrice Rappaccini:Your daughter is a fine specimen, too, isn't she father? A specimen of the most deadly thing that was ever given life.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Ghosts (1996) (V)See more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Under-Rated Horror Gem, 2 April 2002

Nathaniel Hawthorne is not Edgar Allan Poe. His stories do contain elements of horror and terror, but much of it is fodder for the religious symbolism that tears through much of his work. That being said, some will find the three tales used in Twice-Told Tales comparitively slow to those of Poe. What they lack in speed, however, they more than make up for in thematic exploration, symbolic meanings, and suspenseful pacing. The first story is Dr. Heidegger's experiment. Vincent Price and Sebastion Cabot play two very old friends that get together on the good doctor's birthday. Both men talk about the harsh realities of growing old, but Cabot talks of his growing old more as a means to be with the one he loved so many years ago, the woman who died on their day to be wed, and now reposes in a crypt nearby outside. A storm opens the crypt, the two men investigate and find that the body of the girl has not aged at all thanks to some trickling water that seems to keep it in its natural state upon death. The doctor takes the water and experiments with its powers on himself, his friend, and the corpse. The end result becomes Hawthorne's look at human beings...given a second chance. Would they change or do the things that brought them unhappiness any different? The story, although changed greatly from the original Hawthorne story, is visualized very nicely with Price turning in one of his more subtle performances and Cabot doing a splendid job. The second story is Rappicinni's Daughter. It tells of a girl that has been altered by her scientist father to not touch any living thing. This way she will always be pure....innocent of the evils of men and, in particular, unknown to the touch of men. The story is highly symbolic and beautifully directed. Price plays the scientist who specializes in plants of unknown origins. A well-crafted selection to be sure. The third story is easily the weakest because it tries cramming a novel into an anthology sized space. The House of the Seven Gables tells of sins of a past family against another and how these sins have been borne by the family manse. Some of the special effects here are rather good, but the acting by Richard Denning and Beverly Garland is not so good. Price carries the segment with his slightly over-the-top performance and a real acting gem is given by Jacqueline de Wit as his sister. All in all, the three tales are very representative of Hawthorne's unique vision, his religious background, and taut narration. This is a good film, but it's not a Poe film...once that is realized maybe some viewers can appreciate it on its own merits rather than a constant intentional or unintentional comparison to the king of horror.

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