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The Tell-Tale Heart (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Short | 25 October 1941 (USA)

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In this classic Edgar Allan Poe story, a man commits a murder, but afterward the victim's beating heart torments the murderer's mind.



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Roman Bohnen ...
Old Man


Adapted from the story by Edgar Allan Poe: A young man is being dominated, insulted, and mistreated by the older man whose lodgings he shares. Finally, one night he enters the older man's room and kills him. Afterwards, the young man grows increasingly nervous, and he becomes convinced that he can still hear the dead man's heart beating. Written by Snow Leopard

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Crime | Mystery | Short | Horror






Release Date:

25 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A 20 minute little gem
15 October 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joseph Schildkraut and Roman Bohnen (both sadly forgotten today) give two brilliant performances in an updated version of Edgar Allen Poe's tale. A young man (Schildkraut) is constantly tortured mentally and physically by an old man (Roman Bohnen). Finally he kills him...but keeps hearing the old man's heart beating. Well-directed, acted and very good use of sound. Well worth catching. TCM is showing a beautiful print of this in between movies--that's probably the only way to see it. Good luck!

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