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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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September 1963 (USA) See more »
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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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Vincent Price ... Alex Medbourne / Dr. Giacomo Rappaccini / Gerald Pyncheon

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 (as Jacqueline de Wit)
Joyce Taylor ... Beatrice Rappaccini
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 (director of photography)
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Corpse-Makers" - , USA (working title)
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120 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Germany:12 | UK:12 | USA:Approved (certificate #20403)

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Completed October 1962.See more »
Continuity: 'House of 7 Gable' - After the painting above the mantle bleeds it changes to another painting. At the end when the house is destroyed the original portrait reappears.See more »
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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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Three Timeless Horror Tales with Vincent Price, 2 November 2012
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"Twice-Told Tales" is a movie composed of three timeless shorts based on horror tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne with Vincent Price.

(1) "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment": In 1859, Alex Medbourne (Vincent Price) and Dr. Carl Heidigger (Sebastian Cabot) have been best friends for decades. Carl has been grieving the loss of his beloved bride Sylvia Ward (Mari Blanchard) for thirty-eight years, on the eve of their wedding, and misses her. In a stormy night, her crypt opens and Carl and Alex find her corpse preserved. Carl notes a drop of liquid on her coffin and he collects a sample. Carl discovers that the water is a virgin spring and he restores his and Alex's youths. Further, he resurrects Sylvia with the water and plans to immediately marry her. However, he discovers a dark secret about Alex and his beloved Sylvia.

This is a tragic and dramatic story about the dream of the fountain of youth and restoration of the eternal youth, obsession and betrayal, with great special effects for a 1963 movie.

(2) "Rappaccini's Daughter": In Padua, the young Giovanni Guasconti (Brett Halsey) meets the gorgeous Beatrice Rappaccini (Joyce Taylor) in the garden and they immediately fall in love for each other. However, Giovanni learns that Beatrice is cursed, poisoning everyone and everything that she touches with her hands. Further, she was inoculated with a potion of poisonous plants by her insane father, the brilliant scientist Dr. Giacomo Rappaccini (Vincent Price) that wants to avoid that she makes the same mistakes her mother did, abandoning him. Giovanni meets Dr. Giacomo and opens his heart about his love for Beatrice, and the scientist promises to let him be closed to Beatrice forever.

This is another tragic and dramatic story about impossible love and madness visibly inspired in "Romeo and Juliet".

(3) "The House of the Seven Gables": In 1841, Gerald Pyncheon (Vincent Price) arrives with his wife Alice Pyncheon (Beverly Garland) to The House of the Seven Gables, where Gerald's sister Hannah Pyncheon (Jacqueline deWit) lives. The Pyncheon family has been cursed for one hundred and fifty years, when the blacksmith Mathew Maulle (Floyd Simmons) was murdered and buried below the house. Gerald comes to the house to seek a vault with the family fortune, and Alice is haunted by ghosts in the moment that she arrives in the house.

This is another tragic story of greed, injustice and curse, with an ambitious man returning to the family house and awaking powerful forces from the past.

My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Nos Domínios do Terror" ("In the Domain of the Terror")

Note: On 12 April 2015, I saw this movie again.

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