MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 45,017 this week

The Telltale Heart (1928)

 -  Drama | Short
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 130 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 1 critic

An expressionistic film based on Poe's story, about a murderer and his mental breakdown.

Directors:

(as Charles F. Klein) , (uncredited)

Writers:

, (story)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 24 Dec 2012
 
a list of 342 titles
created 13 Jan 2013
 
a list of 49 titles
created 15 May 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 268 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Telltale Heart (1928)

The Telltale Heart (1928) 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 Telltale Heart.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An American heiress seeks the hand of an impoverished German prince.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Victor Janson, Ossi Oswalda, Harry Liedtke
Die Bergkatze (1921)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A charismatic lieutenant newly assigned to a remote fort is captured by a group of mountain bandits, thus setting in motion a madcap farce that is Lubitsch at his most unrestrained.

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Pola Negri, Victor Janson, Paul Heidemann
The Crowd (1928)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles and downfalls.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Eleanor Boardman, James Murray, Bert Roach
The Lodger (1927)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: June, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault
Thriller

A haunting account of a tormented man who continually re-admits himself into a medical facility, in a futile attempt to escape from his pending madness. Based on Edgar Allan Poe's, The Tell-Tale Heart.

Director: John La Tier
Stars: Patrick John Flueger, Rose McGowan, Peter Bogdanovich
Danse macabre (1922)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The Black Plague is ravaging Spain. As Camille Saint-Saëns's "Danse Macabre" plays on the soundtrack, a mix of animation and acted scenes tells the story of Youth and Love meeting one night... See full summary »

Director: Dudley Murphy
Stars: Adolph Bolm, Olin Howland, Ruth Page
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A colonial scene in the U.S. An old lady sits astride a bell while a man in blackface, wig, and livery pulls the bell rope. From an upper door emerges an old man, dressed as a dandy, who ... See full summary »

Directors: William Vance, Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Virginia Nicholson, William Vance
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Sidney Peterson
Stars: Marie Hirsh
Animation | Short | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A madman tells his tale of murder, and how a strange beating sound haunted him afterward.

Director: Ted Parmelee
Stars: James Mason
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The images on the screen tell it all. In a drawing room, the clock shows two on an afternoon. Adulterous lovers cling; her husband is due home momentarily, so he leaves. She goes to a table... See full summary »

Director: James Sibley Watson
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The life of a great city (Paris) from dawn until dusk, including the beautiful and the ragged, the rich and the poor, with little or no comment (intertitles) from the director, Cavalcanti (whose first film this was).

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Blanche Bernis, Nina Chousvalowa, Philippe Hériat
Ménilmontant (1926)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A couple is brutally murdered in the working-class district of Paris. Later on, the narrative follows the lives of their two daughters, both in love with a Parisian thug and leading them to separate ways.

Director: Dimitri Kirsanoff
Stars: Nadia Sibirskaïa, Yolande Beaulieu, Guy Belmont
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Charles Darvas ...
Detective
Hans Fuerberg ...
Detective
William Herford ...
The Old Man
Otto Matieson ...
The Insane
Edit

Storyline

An insane man first loves then grows to hate his neighbor, an old man whose penetrating gaze unnerves the insane man. He plans a perfect crime and executes it one night. The next day, two officers knock on the insane man's door, investigating a shriek heard in the night. The insane man invites them in, answers their questions, and submits to an examination of his eyes by one of the officers, who proclaims him innocent. The insane man invites them to stay and relax awhile, then regales them with his theories of crime. His heart begins to beat louder. Angles on the set are skewed to suggest the man's internal disarray. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

heartbeat | gold | madman | insanity | guilt | See more »

Genres:

Drama | Short

Edit

Details

Country:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A print exists in the National Film and Television Archive of the British Film Institute film archive. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Episode #1.3 (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Oooo...I liked this one.
4 November 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Otto Matiesen stars in this art film based on the Poe tale. It's from a DVD collection entitled "Unseen Cinema: 1884-1941" and is from Disc 2. The collection consists of a lot of art and experimental films--the sort you'd never see the average person seeing. I watched them because after 11,000 plus reviews, I wanted something different.

The film begins with the words of Poe moving up the screen. Then, the eyes of the killer are superimposed over them and the story begins. What follows is faithful to Poe's story--but it's told using very interesting sets--very much like those of "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" along with some animations superimposed over the picture. The look is really exceptional--and works great with the Poe style. It's often exaggerated and strange--and I liked it a lot--though I am not necessarily one to like artsy films. I also like Matiesen--his expression was often quite insane and fit the story well. He was perfect for such a silent film. I really liked it...except for one thing. The entire plot about the crazed killer hearing the beating of the dead man's heart isn't even mentioned until the very, very end. Odd...but still quite compelling and wild.


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

Message Boards

Recent Posts
creepy movie reeniebeanie13
Discuss The Telltale Heart (1928) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?