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Nigel Kneale (screenplay) and
Norah Lofts (novel)
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Release Date:
February 1967 (USA) See more »
Following a horrifying experience with the occult in Africa, a schoolteacher moves to a small English village, only to discover that black magic resides there as well. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Fontaine ... Gwen Mayfield
Kay Walsh ... Stephanie Bax

Alec McCowen ... Alan Bax
Ann Bell ... Sally Benson
Ingrid Boulting ... Linda Rigg (as Ingrid Brett)
John Collin ... Dowsett

Michele Dotrice ... Valerie Creek
Gwen Ffrangcon Davies ... Granny Rigg (as Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies)
Duncan Lamont ... Bob Curd

Leonard Rossiter ... Dr. Wallis
Martin Stephens ... Ronnie Dowsett
Carmel McSharry ... Mrs. Dowsett
Viola Keats ... Mrs. Curd
Shelagh Fraser ... Mrs. Creek
Bryan Marshall ... Tom
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yemi Goodman Ajibade ... Mark (uncredited)
Kitty Atwood ... Mrs. McDowall (uncredited)
John Barrett ... Mr. Glass (uncredited)
Harold Coyne ... TV Repairman (uncredited)
Roy Desmond ... Dancer (uncredited)
Catherine Finn ... Nurse (uncredited)
Prudence Hyman ... Stephanie's Maid (uncredited)
Lizbeth Kent ... First Villager (uncredited)
Artro Morris ... Porter (uncredited)
Willie Payne ... Adam (uncredited)
Charles Rea ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Ken Robson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Brian Todd ... Dancer (uncredited)
Don Vernon ... Dancer (uncredited)
Rudolph Walker ... Mark (uncredited)
Terry Williams ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Cyril Frankel 
Writing credits
Nigel Kneale  screenplay and
Norah Lofts  novel "The Devil's Own" (as Peter Curtis)

Produced by
Anthony Nelson Keys .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant 
Film Editing by
Chris Barnes 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
Makeup Department
George Partleton .... makeup
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
Production Management
Charles Permane .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Tringham .... assistant director
Terence Churcher .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Feliks Sergejak .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roy Hyde .... sound editor
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
Charles Wheeler .... boom operator (uncredited)
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cecil Cooney .... camera operator (as Cece Cooney)
Eddie Collins .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
David Harcourt .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bob Jordan .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe supervisor
Harry Haynes .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
Tony Lenny .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical supervisor
Other crew
Anne Deeley .... continuity
Denys Palmer .... choreographer
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The Devil's Own" - USA, USA (alternative title)
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90 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
UK:12 (DVD rating) | UK:X (original rating) | West Germany:12

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This is Joan Fontaine's final film before her death on December 15, 2013 at the age of 96.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Voodoo Tale., 22 November 2013
Author: AaronCapenBanner from North America

Cyril Frankel directed this horror tale that stars Joan Fontaine as schoolteacher Gwen Mayfield, who has returned from Africa as a missionary after an unpleasant encounter with the local witch doctor drove her out. Now hired to be the headmistress at the Haddaby school run by Alan Bax(played by Alec McCowen)and his sister Stephanie(played by Kay Walsh) Things are fine at first in this seemingly quiet English village, but sinister undercurrents present themselves as it turns out someone is leading a voodoo cult in an effort to claim power and reclaim youth, even if people have to die... Uneven film starts well, with fine performances, but someone let it slip away as it leads to a most absurdly over-the-top climax that isn't to be believed. A shame.

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