Suspense: Season 2, Episode 6

A Cask of Amontillado (11 Oct. 1949)

TV Episode  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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In World War II Italy, Count Montressor has watched with horror as his former stable boy became a powerful Nazi general. In the process, General Fortanato has murdered the Count's sister ... See full summary »



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Gen. Fortunato
Romney Brent ...
Rex Marshall ...
Himself - Announcer


In World War II Italy, Count Montressor has watched with horror as his former stable boy became a powerful Nazi general. In the process, General Fortanato has murdered the Count's sister and stolen his wife. Knowing the General plans to murder him, Count Montressor lures him into the palace's catacombs to taste the rare cask of Amontillado he has procured. Written by Jay Phelps <>

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To give the impression of climbing down a long flight of stairs to the catacombs, Lugosi and Brent walk in circles around the same few steps. The effect is given away when their timing gets off and Brent, who's supposed to be ahead of Lugosi, is seen popping into frame behind him. See more »


Count Montressor: Early in the war, when the Fascists were in full power, I had to give the property to a General Fortunato. Actually, Fortunato used to be a stable boy here, but he rose by devious means until he became one of Mussolini's favorites and after that a general.
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SUSPENSE: A CASK OF AMONTILLADO (TV) (Robert Stevens, 1949) **1/2
23 January 2010 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Although I have been familiar with Edgar Allan Poe's original story since childhood (from an abridged illustrated version of it intended for children's consumption), this is only the second film adaptation that I have watched, the other being (of course) the second story in Roger Corman's three-part compendium TALES OF TERROR (1962) – and neither of them was completely faithful to its source. Part of the long- running TV anthology series SUSPENSE, it proved to be horror icon Bela Lugosi's very first work after the last hurrah –is wonderful turn as Count Dracula in ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948) – and before his subsequent fall from grace into Z-grade movieland. Technically, his thick Hungarian accent serves him well in the role of the wine-loving fascist Italian General Fortunato (oddly enough, the events are transposed to the WWII-era) but I had difficulty understanding some of his lines; Romney Brent as his vengeful brother-in-law Montresor makes for a fine antagonist. Curiously, the story starts in (and occasionally cuts back to) the U.S. Army H.Q. in Italy where Brent tells his murderous story in great detail to the chagrin of the openly mocking and impatient desk soldier (Ray Walston!) on the one hand and his inebriated superior on the other – sequences which, while certainly amusing in themselves, rather unbalances the 30-minute short.

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