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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)

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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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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 »
Crew or equipment visible: Bounce card visible on left of screen when Harry walks up to the telephone booth.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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Bad Dead, Don't You Talk Back To Me!, 12 April 2008
Author: librachild from San Jose, CA

The Dead Talk Back. Weren't they irritating enough when they were alive? This is a somewhat odd "who done it?" tale of a crossbow murder at a boarding house. The story is basically told through the eyes of one police Lt.Lewis investigating the crime and the amateur sleuth helping out. Mr Krasker, the amateur sleuth, believes the departed can be contacted and communicated with. Therefore his services are highly sought by the police in solving the murder. All boarders are suspect. Who done it? Is it the bible quoting potentate of righteousness, the homely Miss Byington, the withdrawn record clerk, the refined DJ, the landlady, Frits Kreuger, or Mr. Krasker himself?? Marvel as Mr. Krasker devises a plan to nab the murderer. Recommended for murder mystery buffs and those who talk to the dead or are thinking about it.

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