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The Fall of the House of Usher (1949)

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A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to visit his old friend, Roderick Usher. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Roderick and his sister, Madeline, have been afflicted with a ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Gwen Watford ...
Lady Usher (as Gwendoline Watford)
Kay Tendeter ...
Irving Steen ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vernon Charles ...
Dr. Cordwall
Connie Goodwin ...
Louise
Gavin Lee ...
The Butler
Keith Lorraine ...
George
Lucy Pavey ...
The Hag
Tony Powell-Bristow ...
Richard
Robert Wolard ...
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A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to visit his old friend, Roderick Usher. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Roderick and his sister, Madeline, have been afflicted with a mysterious malady: Roderick's senses have become painfully acute, while Madeline has become nearly catatonic. That evening, Roderick tells his guest of an old Usher family curse: any time there has been more than one Usher child, all of the siblings have gone insane and died horrible deaths. As the days wear on, the effects of the curse reach their terrifying climax. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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First shown in the UK on a floating release in 1950, when it was granted an "H" certificate by the BBFC. Much abridged print (cut from 70 minutes to 39 minutes) released in 1956, when the BBFC gave the revised cut of the picture an X Certificate on March 22, 1956. See more »

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Extraordinary, rarely-seen Brit version of the Poe tale
22 December 2013 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Decades before independent companies were regularly shooting horror films cheaply on location, the mysterious Ivan Barnett made "The Fall of the House of Usher" in and around a mansion in Hastings, Sussex. There are conflicting stories about its production. It seems to have been shot in 1948. Jonathan Rigby claims it played (with an "H" certificate) "for one week in the Tottenham Court Road" in 1950. This implies the cut version released in 1956 wasn't its premiere. The actor playing Roderick Usher is credited as Kaye (not Kay) Tendeter. Almost certainly he and the rest of the cast were, with the exception of Gwen Watford, local amateurs. Barnett was a talented director and a particularly skillful cameraman. His lighting is highly atmospheric. In theory he could still be alive. But what became of him after the early 1960s? The version shown at the BFI Southbank, London, on 22nd December, 2013, was complete with its "H" certificate.


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