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Director:
Writer:
Herbert J. Leder (original story & screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 November 1967 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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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A very modern reworking of an old folktale See more (23 total) »

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)

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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Herbert J. Leder purposely wanted the film to have the style of the Hammer Studio horror films that were popular during the 60's. He directed the camera work and audio effects to have the characteristics of a Hammer film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Newspaper headlines refer to the statue as a Golem even before Pimm and Perkins identify it as such.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Golem (1936)See more »

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A very modern reworking of an old folktale, 10 April 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Long before "The Golem" (1915, 1917, 1929 and, again, in 1936), the story of this mythical clay statue was a Jewish folktale. The most famous version (portrayed in these three movies) is set in Prague. The local Jews are being persecuted and a rabbi builds a clay man. And, invoking the powers of darkness, he can control it and make it kill with impunity. Now, decades later, "It!" is an updated version--going on the assumption that this creature somehow was discovered in the 20th century and its secret is revealed to an unhinged young museum assistant curator (Roddy McDowell). You know he's unhinged in the opening scene, as he apparently keeps his mother's corpse at home--dressing it and talking to it as if she is alive! Later, when he discovers how to control the Golem, he uses it to exact revenge against people who have mistreated him.

"It!" is a very nice update to the old story. While the creature is a bit hard to believe at times, watching McDowell play such a crazy guy was actually a lot of fun. Overall, a very good horror film provided you suspend disbelief and just enjoy.

By the way, during the film McDowell's character refers to the movie "The Golem" but apparently incorrectly says that it's a 1924 film. A minor mistake, I understand.

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