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Director:
Writers:
Ronald Kinnoch (screenplay) and
Charles F. Vetter (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
September 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Can a Beautiful Woman Be Enslaved Against Her Will? See more »
Plot:
An evil hyponotist/ventriloquist plots to gain an heiress' millions. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Alternate Continental version See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Bryant Haliday ... The Great Vorelli

William Sylvester ... Mark English
Yvonne Romain ... Marianne Horn
Sandra Dorne ... Magda
Nora Nicholson ... Aunt Eva
Alan Gifford ... Bob Garrett
Karel Stepanek ... Dr. Heller
Francis De Wolff ... Dr. Keisling
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Baird ... Soldier (uncredited)
David Charlesworth ... Hugo Novik (uncredited)
Lorenza Colville ... Mercedes (uncredited)
Sadie Corre ... Hugo the Dummy (uncredited)
Trixie Dallas ... Miss Penton (uncredited)
Guy Deghy ... Hans (uncredited)
Margaret Durnell ... Countess (uncredited)
Heidi Erich ... Grace (uncredited)
Ray Landor ... Expert Twist Dancer (uncredited)
Pamela Law ... Woman with Garrett (uncredited)
Jackie Ramsden ... Nurse (uncredited)
Philip Ray ... Uncle Walter (uncredited)
Ella Tracey ... Louisa - Secretary (uncredited)

Directed by
Lindsay Shonteff 
 
Writing credits
Ronald Kinnoch (screenplay) (as George Barclay) and
Charles F. Vetter (screenplay) (as Lance Z. Hargreaves)

Frederick E. Smith (story)

Produced by
Richard Gordon .... executive producer
Kenneth Rive .... producer
Lindsay Shonteff .... producer
Gerald A. Fernback .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Gerald Gibbs 
 
Film Editing by
Ernest Bullingham 
 
Production Design by
Stan Shield 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Craig .... makeup artist
Ann Fordyce .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Fred Slark .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ernie Lewis .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Reginald Court .... dubbing editor
Derick McColm .... sound recordist (as Derek McCalm)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Elvin .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Gibson .... wardrober
 

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81 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:G (Quebec) (2002) | Netherlands:18 (1966) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1997) | USA:Approved (cut)

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Sidney J. Furie was originally supposed to direct, but he left for another project before shooting began, and it was assigned to Lindsay Shonteff. Furie, however, was a friend of Shonteff's and helped Shonteff with the direction of the picture when he ran into problems.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: When Hugo walks toward the audience the back of his jacket is intact. When he walks back to his seat there is a hole in his back jacket for the hand to control him.See more »
Quotes:
Bob Garrett:Hey, how'd you know I was still in bed?
Mark English:It figures, boy, it figures.
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Soundtrack:
OnslaughtSee more »

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List: Ventriloquists who have disturbing relationships with their dummies
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What are the differences between the US Theatrical Version and the Hot European Version?
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29 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Alternate Continental version, 30 September 2002
Author: 35541m from London, England

The Image DVD of this film includes both the original release and an alternate Continental version. There are the following differences in the film.

(a) the initial opening credits are slightly different. The original print has a separate starring credit for Bryant Haliday "as the Great Vorelli" but the continental print credits William Sylvester above Bryant Halliday (sic). There are also some differences in the production company credits with an "Anglo-Amalgamated" credit missing from the Continental print.

(b) 41m14s to 44m40s

The scene between Haliday and Sandra Dorne in Haliday's dressing room (a fairly important scene in establishing Dorne's character and providing a motive for her later murder) which ends with them going into a side room for some (off-screen) sex is missing from the Continental print. Instead, an entirely new scene has been substituted (16s longer in total) which shows Haliday's stage act once more. In this new scene (which does not appear in the original version and was especially filmed for the Continental print) he invites a woman on stage and hypnotizes her into performing a striptease which continues at length until the woman is topless.

(c) 48m15s

A shot of Dorne turning in her sleep is filmed in an alternate cut in the Continental print to show more of her exposed breast.

(d) 48m54s

In the follow-up shot of Hugo approaching to stab Dorne the Continental print has an alternate take in which you see her exposed breast.

(e) 49m47s to 51m07s

Sylvester has a phone conversation with an American colleague in Berlin. This man is accompanied by a young woman who fiddles with her hair and sits on his bed. In the theatrical print she is wearing a bikini and a see-through negligee. The Continental print is an alternate take in which she (the same actress) is topless.

In my view the original cut is definitely superior because the deletion of the dressing room scene from the Continental print (and its replacement by the gratuitous striptease) makes Dorne's subsequent murder abrupt and seemingly arbitrary - the character had also been hanging around the periphery of the action waiting for an appropriate exposition scene to explain her that, in this version, never comes.

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