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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 nice concept that goes somewhat astray, still neat kooky 60's Brit horror 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 (1920)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A nice concept that goes somewhat astray, still neat kooky 60's Brit horror, 28 September 2009
Author: t-birkhead from United Kingdom

This film is as fine an example as any of one that could have been really cracking but just lacked the nerve or the nous to really make something good of itself. Which is not to say that it isn't a toothsome slice of vintage oddball British horror, but the plot doesn't go as far as it could and the execution is a little shaky. Its fortunate therefore that the film has ample oddball amusement and a smattering of genuinely fine scenes to hold it all together in a pleasant enough package. The film sees Roddy McDowell as a young and put upon assistant curator in a museum, dedicated to his work, ambitious but disatisfied, and somewhat strange. At the scene of a warehouse fire he discovers a golem, indestructible stone giant and legendary protector of the Jewish faith. Unsurprisingly he begins to use the creature for his bidding but soon things go wrong. McDowell is the key to this one, off centre from the start and slowly but surely spiralling down as the film progresses. He is mostly sympathetic, more so at the beginning and captures in a quirkily compelling, often darkly amusing and at times even poignant fashion his characters degeneration. Even if slightly hammy its a vivid and potent performance and has a liveliness that cuts through all his scenes, even when stiffly directed or silly. Jill Haworth provides good support in a thin but enticing role, effortlessly sweet and charming whilst Paul Maxell has an easy smoothness as an American come to take the Golem away. These three stars all have good chemistry and some of their interactions are nicely written. The films problem is that it doesn't give the Golem enough to do, sure it walks around and carries out some very suspect orders but its actions never live up to its potential for mayhem and the budget doesn't allow it any good destruction. It is an interesting beast for sure and fun to watch when on screen, but not so exciting and writer/director Herbert J. Leder doesn't have enough style to compensate for the low budget. Its a significant issue but not a devastating one, the swinging 60's London setting is full of charm and it has a lot of incidental entertainment as a period piece, the aforementioned great work from McDowell and a finale barmy enough to be perversely exciting. there is even decent intrigue developed in the build up to things getting underway and a fine and creepy scene with an ominous Jewish translator. Altogether this isn't a great film by any means, but is almost certainly worth a look for lovers of this era and style of cinema, a goofy old school British oddity bundling along nicely with enough kicks to it to raise a smile. So if it sounds like your sort of thing it might be worth giving a whirl.

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