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  (in credits order)
Wanda Hendrix ... Lisa Buckingham
Barry Coe ... Joseph Hudson

Gisele MacKenzie ... Mrs. Warren

Maray Ayres ... Rebecca
Barney O'Sullivan
Doris Buckinham ... Mrs. Buckingham
Pia Shandel ... Regina
D. Goldrick (as Doris Goldrick)
Bill Braden
Ivor Harries (as Ivor Harris)
Graham Crowell
Allan Anderson (as Allen Anderson)
Dax Logan
Jack Ammon
George Spracklin
Jack Bowdery
Shanna Dickson

Directed by
Rogelio A. González 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edgar Allan Poe  story "The Oval Portrait"
Enrique Torres Tudela 

Produced by
Enrique Torres Tudela .... producer
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
Cinematography by
León Sánchez 
Film Editing by
Sigfrido García 
Sound Department
Larry Sutton .... sound mixer
John Wardlow .... stunt coordinator


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86 min
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Incongruent supernatural whatnot with naive charm., 9 November 2010
Author: EyeAskance from fabulous Las Vega$!

While staying in an old house to hear the reading of a will, a woman becomes haunted by the spirit of the deceased girl whose room she is occupying. The kindly housekeeper advises her to leave the house quickly, and supports this warning with what is possibly the longest expository flashback sequence in film history.

This fly-ball ghost story is mostly a woebegone romance set during and shortly after the U.S. Civil War. Stir in some soap-suds melodrama and a fat pinch of horse-and-buggy chills of the "old dark house" variety, and there you have The Colonel's secret recipe for one divergent little movie. It's a noticeably insouciant project filmed almost entirely within a neo-Victorian styled house, and features some laughably unconvincing wardrobe and wigs. That said, it's also a fairly entertaining item which transcends somewhat the usual expectations for underprivileged cinema. The has-been female leads(Hendrix and Mackenzie) are commendable, if a bit outmoded in their old-school Hollywood histrionics, and are nearly Oscar-worthy in comparison to their less-distinguished support players. Truth is, there's actually very little to gripe about concerning this film's basic's adequate overall, but suffers from directorial lassitude and yo-yo pacing.

Perhaps with a bit more elbow grease and imagination, this could have been something more than merely a passing fancy. 4/10.

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