MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 12,107 this week

The Stalls of Barchester (1971)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror  -  24 December 1971 (UK)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 149 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 5 critic

Add a Plot

Writer:

(story)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 25 Dec 2010
 
a list of 201 titles
created 28 Sep 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 03 Jan 2012
 
a list of 8865 titles
created 08 Sep 2013
 
a list of 296 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Stalls of Barchester (TV Movie 1971)

The Stalls of Barchester (TV Movie 1971) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Stalls of Barchester.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A Warning to the Curious (TV Movie 1972)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An archeologist goes treasure hunting along the English coast in search of a lost, fabled crown that supposedly helps protect Great Britain against invasion.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Peter Vaughan, Clive Swift, Julian Herrington
Dying Room Only (TV Movie 1973)
Mystery | Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A married couple are traveling on a deserted desert road at night. They stop at a diner and the husband goes to the men's room. He never returns and the wife begins to suspect serious foul ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Cloris Leachman, Ross Martin, Ned Beatty
Ghostwatch (TV Movie 1992)
Horror | Mystery | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The BBC gives over a whole evening to an 'investigation into the supernatural'. Four respected presenters and a camera crew attempt to discover the truth behind 'The most haunted house in ... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Manning
Stars: Michael Parkinson, Sarah Greene, Mike Smith
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A convict being escorted in for retrial escapes at Grand Central and threatens his old girlfriend on the phone. She flees for her new beau's private railcar at the same station. When she is... See full summary »

Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Stars: Van Heflin, Patricia Dane, Cecilia Parker
Crawlspace (TV Movie 1972)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A childless middle-age couple adopt a troubled youth they find living in their crawlspace and attempt to get him to rejoin society with tragic results.

Directors: John Newland, Buzz Kulik
Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Teresa Wright, Tom Happer
The Signalman (TV Short 1976)
Drama | Horror | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A lonely Signalman is visited by a stranger.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Denholm Elliott, Bernard Lloyd, Reginald Jessup
Number 13 (TV Movie 2006)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In order to authenticate some historical papers in a cathedral town, Oxbridge academic Anderson stays at a local hotel in room 12, initially disregarding the lack of a number 13 as ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Wilkie
Stars: Greg Wise, Paul Freeman, David Burke
The Ice House (TV Short 1978)
Short | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Derek Lister
Stars: John Stride, David Beames, Elizabeth Romilly
Lost Hearts (TV Short 1973)
Short | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Simon Gipps-Kent, Joseph O'Conor, James Mellor
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Michael Bryant, Peggy Aitchison, Virginia Balfour
The Ash Tree (TV Short 1975)
Short | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Man of leisure Sir Richard (Edward Petherbridge) receives notification that his Uncle has died, bequeathing him his stately country manor and all its lands. On his return to England he ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Edward Petherbridge, Preston Lockwood, Barbara Ewing
Classic Ghost Stories (TV Series 1986)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Robert Powell, Arthur Nightingale, Michael Richmond
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Thelma Barlow ...
Letitia Hayes
Will Leighton ...
Librarian
Harold Bennett ...
Archdeacon Pulteney
Penny Service ...
Jane Lee
Martin Hoyle ...
Verger
Erik Chitty ...
Priest
David Pugh ...
John
Ambrose Coghill ...
Museum Curator
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

gothic horror | based on book | See All (2) »

Genres:

Horror

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 December 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ghost Story for Christmas: The Stalls of Barchester  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in MR James: Ghost Writer (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Slightly flawed, but still intriguing ghost story
5 May 2009 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Stalls of Barchester(1971) Lawrence Gordon Clark

One Dr. Black is commissioned to catalogue the finer points of Barchester Cathedral Library and report back on the more interesting entries. Black struggles however to find anything of remote interest, finding the books in bad condition or just interminably dull. He enlists the assistance of librarian, in the hope that he may direct him towards more interesting tomes. Together they find little of interest, but stumble on the unread diaries of one Archdeacon Haynes, the former head of the diocese. The librarian informs Black of the strange circumstances of Haynes's death, theses facts and a quick browse through his writings immediately strike a chord with Black. Initially he finds the entries to be about the mundane clerical workings of the diocese and also on his ambitions to succeed the incumbent Archdeacon Pulterney, who it would seem was going to live for ever before he himself also died in odd circumstances after a fall down the stairs. But what really rises Black's interest is Black's writing on the strange happenings within the cathedral and his home after he did take over. Haynes's becomes aware of peculiar events, noises and whispering voices, that seem to have no solid basis in reality. He questions his own sanity, analyses his family's mental history and quickly denies the possibility that he is going mad. But when his fears rise after some hellish visions, he must again question what the reasons for it are.

The Stalls of Barchester was the first in the BBC's series of Ghost Stories for Christmas and after the success of Jonathan Miller's Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968), the makers again took inspiration from the works of M.R.James. I must admit that I found this film a less well defined adaptation than later films in the series, while it certainly holds your interest, there is a distinct lack of scares. Sure it has its creepy moments, ghostly whispers, doors opening by themselves, even some evil looking cats, but one very unsettling ghostly hand apart, it lacked the fear factor I craved. The cause of this may be one of two things, either this is too faithful a literary adaptation or Clark hadn't developed a style for adapting James' work. Either way the viewer never really comes to terms with Haynes's fears, he remains rather aloof and his fears are given so little time on screen, that some viewers may lose interest or worse still just not care. Another reason maybe the fact that the story telling is done through a third party, namely Dr Black (usually a successful ploy in other James's works), but here perhaps less so. Still though the premise remains intriguing and the film on the whole retains interest throughout, there's even time for some wry black humour concerning Archdeacon Pulterney, whose clutches to life becomes a continuing annoyance to Haynes. A youthful Hardy is excellent in the role, despite the aforementioned aloofness of the character. Clark for his part created a fine debut film, slightly flawed perhaps, but still brimming with good ideas, that would develop even more throughout his directorial career.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Stalls of Barchester (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?