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Tales That Witness Madness (1973)

R | | Horror | 31 October 1973 (USA)
Dr Tremayne is an enigmatic Psychiatrist running a Futuristic asylum housing four very special cases. Visited by colleague Nicholas, Tremayne explains his amazing and controversial theories... See full summary »

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Auriol (segment 4 "Luau")
Georgia Brown ...
Fay Patterson (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
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Bella Thompson (segment 3 "Mel")
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Dr. Nicholas
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Sam Patterson (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
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Brian (segment 3 "Mel")
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Ann / Beatrice (segment 2 "Penny Farthing")
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Timothy Patrick (segment 2 "Penny Farthing")
Michael Petrovitch ...
Kimo (segment 4 "Luau")
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Prof. R.C. Tremayne
Russell Lewis ...
Paul Patterson (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
Leslie Nunnerley ...
Vera (segment 4 "Luau") (as Lesley Nunnerley)
Leon Lissek ...
Keoki (segment 4 "Luau")
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Ginny (segment 4 "Luau")
David Wood ...
Tutor - Phillipe (segment 1 "Mr. Tiger")
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Dr Tremayne is an enigmatic Psychiatrist running a Futuristic asylum housing four very special cases. Visited by colleague Nicholas, Tremayne explains his amazing and controversial theories as to why each of the four patients went mad... cue four distinct tales each with a different set of characters: 'Mr Tiger' tells of Paul, the sensitive and troubled young son of prosperous but constantly bickering and unlovely parents, and the boy's 'imaginary' friend, a tiger. 'Penny Farthing' tells of Timothy, an antique store owner propelled backwards in time by a penny-farthing bicycle in his shop, all the while being watched over by the constantly changing photograph of Uncle Albert, which endangers the lives of both Timothy and his beautiful wife, Ann. 'Mel' tells of Brian, a man who brings home an old dead tree and prominently displays it in his living room as a work of art. His fiery wife Bella soon becomes jealous of the tree, which the husband has lovingly named Mel, and it seems to be ... Written by R Lindsay

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Rita Hayworth was to appear in the film but left after a short time on the set. She was replaced by Kim Novak. See more »

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tiger bicycles to a tree
19 December 2012 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

British studios made a number of anthology horror flicks in the '60s and '70s, and "Tales That Witness Madness" is one of them. It depicts a futuristic asylum in which the owner (Donald Pleasence) tells his colleague (Jack Hawkins, who died right before the movie got released) about the patients and how they went insane.

I didn't like this one as much as movies like "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" and "The House that Dripped Blood", but it's still entertaining. The tree segment is the neatest one. It just goes to show that horror flicks - even if they're not particularly scary - are best when they're not just scenes of people crawling around making scared faces. I will say that Kim Novak's character seems kind of flat, but the rest of the movie makes up for that. Also starring are Joan Collins and the recently deceased Mary Tamm.

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