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The Oblong Box ()


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Aristocrat Julian Markham keeps his disfigured brother, Sir Edward, locked in a tower of his house. Sir Edward occasionally escapes and causes havoc around the town.

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Julian
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Dr. J. Neuhartt
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Kemp
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Heidi
Sally Geeson ...
Sally
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Edward
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Trench
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Elizabeth (as Hilary Dwyer)
Maxwell Shaw ...
Hackett
Carl Rigg ...
Norton
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N'Galo
Godfrey James ...
Weller
James Mellor ...
Holt
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Franklin
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Hawthorne
Danny Daniels ...
Witchdoctor
Michael Balfour ...
Ruddock
Hira Talfrey ...
Martha
John Wentworth ...
Parson
Betty Woolfe ...
Mrs. Hopkins
Martin Terry ...
Sailor
Anne Clune ...
Prostitute
Jackie Noble ...
Prostitute
Ann Barrass ...
Prostitute (as Ann Barass)
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Prostitute
Zeph Gladstone ...
Trench's Girl
Tara Fernando ...
Gypsy Dancer
Tony Thawnton ...
Man in Tavern
Anthony Bailey ...
Talbot
Richard Cornish ...
Groom
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Doctor
Andreas Malandrinos ...
Baron (as Andreas Melandrinos)
Hedger Wallace ...
Major
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Constable
Oh! Ogunde Dancers ...
Africans
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Dr. Newhartt's Patient
Sean Barry-Weske ...
Molester in Tavern (uncredited)
Harold Coyne ...
Barman (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ...
Sir Julian (uncredited)
Eddie Powell ...
Fighting Man in Tavern (uncredited)
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Young Man in Tavern (uncredited)
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Drunk (uncredited)

Directed by

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Gordon Hessler

Written by (WGA)

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Lawrence Huntington ... (screenplay)
 
Christopher Wicking ... (additional dialogue)
 
Edgar Allan Poe ... (story) (uncredited)
 
Michael Reeves ... (additional dialogue) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Pat Green ... associate producer
Gordon Hessler ... producer
Louis M. Heyward ... executive producer

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Harry Robertson ... (as Harry Robinson)

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John Coquillon ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Max Benedict

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Oliver Waterlow ... assistant editor

Art Direction by

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George Provis

Makeup Department

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Jimmy Evans ... makeup artist
Bobbie Smith ... hairdresser

Production Management

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Bryan Coates ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Derek Whitehurst ... first assistant director
Graham Fowler ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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George Lack ... assistant art director
Terence Morgan ... set dresser
W. Simpson Robinson ... scenic artist (as W. Simpson-Robinson)
Michael Guyett ... trainee scenic painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Rowland Fowles ... boom operator
Bob Jones ... sound mixer
Bob Peck ... sound recordist
Michael P. Redbourn ... sound editor (as Michael Redbourn)
Tony Dawe ... adr & foley mixer (uncredited)

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Les Young ... camera operator
Nobby Cross ... gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kay Gilbert ... wardrobe

Music Department

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Philip Martell ... conductor

Other crew

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Peter Howitt ... titler
Barbara Rowland ... continuity

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Plot Summary

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, the aristocrat Edward Markham is disfigured by sorcery in Africa by the natives. His brother Julian Markham brings him back to the Markham Manor in England and keeps him prisoner in the attic. The mad Edward asks his lawyer Trench and his partner to bring the African sorcerer N'Galo in secret to heal him but Julian does not allow any contact with his brother. Trench and N'Galo simulate the death of Edward to remove him from the attic in a coffin. However, body snatchers bring his body to the unscrupulous Dr. Newhartt for his research. Edward offers a large amount to Dr. Newhartt to stay hidden in his house and wears a crimson hood to hide his face. When Edward goes to the town, his mask brings problem to him and he begins a series of murders. When he finally meets N'Galo, he finds why the natives have deformed him and he seeks revenge. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Also Known As
  • Edgar Allan Poe's The Oblong Box (United Kingdom)
  • Le cercueil vivant (France)
  • Die Todesmaske (Germany)
  • El ataúd (Spain)
  • La caixa oblonga (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 96 min
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Budget $175,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The film takes place in 1865. See more »
Goofs When Sir Edward murders Heidi the prostitute, the special effects knife clearly sprays blood onto the actresses' neck well before it actually touches her. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Out of this World Super Shock Show (2007). See more »
Soundtracks Tales from the Vienna Woods See more »
Quotes Dr Neuhart: I might find myself buying your pretty little body one day for a guinea or two.
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