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The Dead Talk Back -- (1957) A previously unreleased horror film! A young blonde is brutally murdered. An eccentric scientist who sidelines as a criminal investigator has created an apparatus that can communicate with the dead!


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1957 (USA) See more »
A psychic researcher attempts to solve a murder by using a radio that enables him to speak with the dead. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Aldo Farnese ... Henry Krasker
Scott Douglas ... Lieutenant Lewis
Laura Brock ... Renee Coliveil
Earl Sands ... Harry
Myron Natwick ... Raymond Milburn
Kyle Stanton ... Christy Mattling
Sammy Ray ... Tony Pettini
Curtis Roberts ... Frits Kreuger
Don Parker ... Don Harris
Janeanna Pritchard ... Hope Byington
Rose Gorman ... Alice Corman
Betty Ruth ... Sarah Sthoil
Mat Maracco ... Harold Yonger
Lyn Douglas ... First Photo Receptionist
Eileen Leavitt ... Second Photo Receptionist
Dennis Gould ... Denny Sthoil
Ronnie Gould ... Ronnie Sthoil
Betty Winnick ... Photo Customer
Grace Quinn ... Photographer's Model
Gil Martin ... Policeman
J.S. Serfozo ... Policeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Cheek ... Bongo Player (uncredited)
George Rhoden ... Bongo Player (uncredited)
Janice Smith ... Singer (uncredited)

Directed by
Merle S. Gould 
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Merle S. Gould (written by)

Produced by
Merle S. Gould .... producer
Music Department
Don Cheek .... musician: bongo drums
George Rhoden .... musician: bongo drums
Van Phillips .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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65 min
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Did You Know?

Shot in 1957, the film was never seen outside of an editing machine until 1993, when it was discovered by Sinister Cinema at the old offices of Headliner Productions. Sinister bought the rights to sell it on video in 1993. It gained the most attention when it was shown on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (1988).See more »
Factual errors: The name "Frits Kreuger" is misspelled, and badly at that. It should read "Fritz Krueger"; as it stands, it would be pronounced "frits KROY-ger".See more »
Christy Mattling:[to Henry Krasker] Tellin' them innocent kids stories about the dead and their hauntings! That's the work of the devil. You'll pay for it. The Devil! That man is the Devil Himself!
Renee Coliveil:Oh shut up, you potentate of righteousness!
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Dreary and awful but probably not as bad as it's reputation, 15 February 2002
Author: Jeff ( from Jacksonville, FL

The plot for The Dead Talk Back centers around an eccentric detective/amateur scientist who helps solve a murder case while working on a radio that can supposedly talk to the dead. This movie was lampooned on MST3k and is as dreary and depressing as it gets. The director may have been going for a hard boiled approach but because of the one and done movie "talent" involved, it deflates quickly and becomes virtually unwatchable. Probably the best way to describe this movie is intensely stupid, as the hard boiled approach becomes laughable. The lame attempts at drama by Aldo Farnese compare favorably to Ed Wood movies. He's supposed to be the center piece of the film but is one of many unlikeable characters and a very Mitchell like "hero." It's not surprising that this was his only movie. The killer is also not a very big surprise as most of the other suspects are just too ghoulish and obvious to be guilty. Several sadistic attacks at religion also undermine The Dead Talk Back and makes one think that they're the only reason this movie was made. That and the unnecessary shots of Laura Brock in 50's cheesecake shots. Technical flaws like the reflector in one shot and poor sound and editing add to the problem. This movie is very, very poor but is probably not as bad as it's reputation. It's certainly better than Manos: The Hands of Fate which isn't saying much. Manos is probably the biggest bomb ever made while this is just a big, big bomb.


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