Already three trustees of the Van Traylen fund have died during the last months, looking like suicides. However after a mysterious accident of a bus with the last three trustees and 30 ... See full summary »
A grandmother seeks a governess for her 16 year old granddaughter, Laurel, who manages to drive away each and every one so far by exposing their past, with a record of three in one week! ... See full summary »
Husband (senior ministry official) and wife find their house is riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry. A harrowing night follows (reminiscent of 'Who's Afraid Of ... See full summary »
A Victorian-age scientist returns to London with his paleontological bag-of-bones discovery from Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, when exposed to water, flesh returns to the bones ... See full summary »
A young coed (Nan Barlow) uses her winter vacation to research a paper on witchcraft in New England. Her professor recommends that she spend her time in a small village called Whitewood. He... See full summary »
John Llewellyn Moxey
Wealthy John Preston arrives in small town Deanbridge. He invests in local businesses and gets involved in community affairs. Eventually, he meets a local belle, Sally, and wins her from ... See full summary »
Betta St. John,
A young painter stumbles upon an assortment of odd characters at an English estate where he has been hired to give art lessons to beautiful Laura Fairlie. Among them are Anne Catherick, a ... See full summary »
Raymond's car is a 1964 Vauxhall Cresta PB 4-door saloon. Produced from 1962 to 1965 in the UK and Australia, less than 90,000 were made. See more »
Around the 54th minute, Raymond rises from his bed and puts on a solid-colored robe over his pajamas. The next shot has Raymond descending the staircase, and he is now wearing a hounds-tooth coat instead of the robe. Raymond turns a corner and enters the kitchen, and he is no longer wearing the coat and is instead back to wearing the robe. See more »
Gary Merrill and Jane Merrow stand to gain from Georgina Cookson's death
"Catacombs" (1965) aka "The Woman Who Wouldn't Die" is listed as a noir in John Grant's extensive tabulation. It is, telling what has almost become a standard noir plot of murder for money gained by inheritance, with added twists. The cinematography has its dark sequences, combined with flatter photography. The production does feel like a television Alfred Hitchcock show at times, what with a relatively small cast, scope and not too many sets. The director, Gordon Hessler, is known as a Hitchcock man.
The story is developed in a reasonably interesting way, despite its familiarity. It's not really a horror story, but fright of the dead not being dead plays a significant role. It becomes a kind of mystery noir.
Gary Merrill plays a husband who has been bought and paid for by Georgina Cookson. Jane Merrow is Cookson's niece, and Merrill can't stay away from her.
The new DVD print of this looks very good.
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