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Tower of London (1939)

Approved | | Drama, History | 17 November 1939 (USA)
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

Writer:

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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Storyline

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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USA

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English | Latin | French

Release Date:

17 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La 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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Trivia

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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TOWER OF LONDON IS SINISTER
27 October 2002 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Tower of London is as sinister as Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff and the rest of Universal's horror department can make it. Although the picture is not without its weaknesses, lack of thrills is not one of them. Neither is the casting--Rathbone and Karloff are savage enough to please the most bloodthirsty. Karloff enjoys his role as executioner and spends plenty of time in his torture chamber.


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