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Merle S. Gould (written by)
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Release Date:
1957 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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An unearthed jem of the undercinema See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (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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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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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Harry and Lewis are eating at the diner, the passing counter person's waistline is a good foot higher than the counter. When they entered it was higher than the average waist.See more »
Quotes:
Henry Krasker:[demonstrating his invention] The razor blade is attached to the speaker by wires and is then placed in the wine glass. If there is an entity or spirit present in the room, it would be possible thourgh a method known as telekenis, or the moving of objects by thought, to move the vibrator contained in the speaker.
Hope Byington:Oh, I remember something like that in school. A student, during a demonstration, moved a salt shaker across a table by merely concentrating on it.
Henry Krasker:That's precisely the same theory that I hope to demonstrate here tonight. Lights, please.
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An unearthed jem of the undercinema, 27 February 2000
Author: (rufasff@aol.com) from Los Angeles Ca

No film was ever more aptly titled then "The Dead Talk Back". This shoestring stinker was completed by people, most all of whom were never associated with another film, then stuck on a shelf to rot; sometime around 1956. Unearthed by Siester Cinema Video and then shown to great effect on MST3K, if ever a film was called back from the great beyond, surely it was this one. And how lucky we are that it is so. "The Dead Talk Back" is an amazing, funny, arresting piece of garbage that has to be seen to be believed. It stands proudly with the films of Ed Wood, "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" and other such things. The story is about a murder at a boarding house, solved by the police with the help of a weirdo researcher with a smug, self important attitude. The plot weaves in and out of seemingly (and perhaps authenticly) irrelevant details. The murderer dumps his shoes to hide the shoe prints, but leaves the murder weapon close to the body hidden under some newspapers. The whole thing has a weird stiltedness that really does recall Diane Arbus. There is an excellent chase down Hollywood Blvd. that really lets you see what it looked like at the time. I would recommend this movie to any bad film fan or person with a taste for the mindbending.



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