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Tower of London (1939)

In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne, then occupied by his brother King ... See full summary »

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Rowland V. Lee

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Robert N. Lee (original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Basil Rathbone ... Richard - Duke of Gloucester
Boris Karloff ... Mord
Barbara O'Neil ... Queen Elyzabeth
Ian Hunter ... King Edward IV
Vincent Price ... Duke of Clarence
Nan Grey ... Lady Alice Barton
Ernest Cossart ... Tom Clink
John Sutton ... John Wyatt
Leo G. Carroll ... Lord Hastings
Miles Mander ... King Henry VI
Lionel Belmore ... Beacon
Rose Hobart ... Anne Neville
Ronald Sinclair ... Boy King Edward
John Herbert-Bond John Herbert-Bond ... Young Prince Richard
Ralph Forbes ... Henry Tudor
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In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne, then occupied by his brother King Edward IV of England. As each murder is accomplished he takes particular delight in removing small figurines, each resembling one of the successors, from a throne-room dollhouse, until he alone remains. After the death of Edward he becomes Richard III, King of England, and need only defeat the exiled Henry Tudor to retain power. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Country:

USA

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English | Latin | French

Release Date:

17 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Torre de Londres See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to Vincent Price, seasoned pros Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone had decided to prank the relative newcomer. After the two evil plotters get the Prince drunk in the wine cellar, they put him into a keg of wine and put the lid on. Karloff's executioner sits on the lid until the struggles with in the barrel subside. At that point the director called, "Cut," but Karloff stayed on the barrel until the struggling resumed within as Price was starting to run out of air. After a long moment, Karloff jumped down and opened the lid, releasing a sputtering Vincent Price from his doom. Basil and Boris were greatly amused, Vincent. . .not so much. This has been documented in Mr Price's biographies and is an anecdote he would tell on public appearances. See more »

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(at around 15 mins) A person can be seen walking past the window. See more »

Quotes

Mord: [to Richard] You're more than a king, more than a man. You're a god to me!
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Featured in Masters of Fantasy: Vincent Price (1998) See more »

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It Ain't Richard III, or Is It?
19 November 1999 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

When one has seen the Shakespearean treatment of this story, it falls far short of the masterwork. That said, it isn't fair to compare a low budget period movie to Shakespeare. I think what I did like about it, though, is its visuality. I liked Karloff going through a day's work, putting one more weight on a guy they're suffocating, like a cook checking to see if there's enough salt in the soup. I really like Basil Rathbone. Of course the Sherlock Holmes movies are my favorites, but he is a consummate actor and rises above everyone else in the story. I was disappointed in the lack of character development other than Richard and the silly romantic subplot.

Karloff ,also, should have had his moment to confront Richard since he is a fictionalization anyway.

It was neat seeing Vincent Price begin his mugging, whining characterization of the ineffectual son of the king. I did like the drinking scene but wonder why no one else was there to observe the result. Richard (Rathbone) seemed to have an awfully easy row to hoe. I was also disappointed in the big battle scene at the end, but won't spoil it here.

All in all, I liked looking at this movie, but felt sort of empty at the conclusion. Also, where does it come off as a horror movie, other than the rather comical dungeon scenes?


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