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Writer:
Herbert J. Leder (original story & screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 November 1967 (USA) See more »
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Monster of the Year! See more »
Plot:
After one of their store houses burnt down, museum director Grove and his assistant Pimm find everything destroyed... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Roddy McDowall ... Arthur Pimm (as Roddy MacDowall)

Jill Haworth ... Ellen Grove
Paul Maxwell ... Jim Perkins
Aubrey Richards ... Prof. Weal
Ernest Clark ... Harold Grove
Oliver Johnston ... Curator Trimingham
Noel Trevarthen ... Insp. White
Ian McCulloch ... Detective Wayne
Richard Goolden ... The Old Rabbi
Dorothy Frere ... Miss Swanson
Tom Chatto ... Young Captain
Steve Kirby ... Ellis--Electrician
Russell Napier ... Boss
Frank Sieman ... Museum Workman
Brian Haines ... Joe Hill--Museum Guard
Mark Burns ... First Officer
Raymond Adamson ... Second Officer
Lindsay Campbell ... Policeman
John Baker ... Second Museum Guard
Alan Seller ... The Golem (as Alan Sellers)
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Directed by
Herbert J. Leder 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Herbert J. Leder  original story & screenplay

Produced by
Herbert J. Leder .... producer
Tom Sachs .... associate producer
Robert Goldstein .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Carlo Martelli 
 
Cinematography by
Davis Boulton 
 
Film Editing by
Tom Simpson 
 
Art Direction by
Scott MacGregor 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Carter .... makeup artist
Mary Sturgess .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Snaith .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jim Roddan .... sound editor
Kevin Sutton .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronnie Maasz .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Gibson .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... music director
Philip Martell .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Doreen Soan .... continuity
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
96 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Although it was shot in color, U.S. theatrical release prints were in black-and-white.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Several characters identify the writing etched into the side of the golem as Hebrew, yet when Pimm makes a graphite rubbing of it, the images seen on the paper are Egyptian hieroglyphics.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Wacko Roddy McDowall brings the Golem to life, 10 March 2014
Author: msroz from United States

The original Golem movie from 1920 is an absolute classic. The whole idea and its execution easily satisfy any fan of monster movies. "It!" or "Curse of the Golem" is not a re-make, but it uses the central monster idea. In this version, this is a monster that can be awakened and then can be controlled by its awakener. Before awakening, it's a large scary stone statue. Its shoes are like those of Frankenstein. Its face reminds me of the Munch painting "The Scream", but much worse, all creased up with holes for eyes. It wears this medieval robe something like the original Golem wore. This monster is indestructible to fire, but its legend makes it more and more indestructible as the centuries pass. It's this monster and its mayhem that help make "It!" a movie we monster fans want to see.

But there is more to this movie. Mostly it's about "Pimm", played so well by Roddy McDowall. He plays it straight, but Pimm is a very weird guy. He keeps the corpse of his mother at home in a rocking chair, just like in "Psycho". It's at that point that we have to understand that this movie has the sixties (60s) vibes through and through. Movies went mad in the 60s, I mean there are lots of wild spoofs, mixed up comedies, psychedelic outings, superhero spy stories, and so on. This movie is not 100% like that, but every so often it is. When the British army detonates a "small" nuclear device in a futile attempt to destroy the Golem, the sequence comes off as either inept or just plain goofy.

There are other goofy goings-on. Logical development at some points is thrown to the wind. There is no serious police investigation although bodies pile up. Meanwhile, we can't figure out the wacko Pimm just because he is wacko. One minute he's serious and worried, the next he's destroying a bridge to score with pretty Jill Haworth. I don't know who else but Roddy could have played this part so well. He's sympathetic while being innocently malevolent. I think he understood Pimm in order to bring this off.

The movie doesn't flow well at times, as if its timing was off. But just wait and soon enough either Roddy or the Golem or both are hatching some new scheme or tramping around.

It's not exactly a curiosity piece. It plays like a serious horror movie or a Hammer. It has that nice widescreen color and that British reserve. Yet partly because of its ineptness, the weirdness of Pimm, and the occasional 60s vibes, it's not your standard horror movie either.

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