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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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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)

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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: While the detectives speak the shadow of a third person passes over them.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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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An unearthed jem of the undercinema, 27 February 2000
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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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