Don Gallico is a master at designing magical illusions which are sold by his employer, Mr. Ormond, to famous magicians such as Rinaldi. He is also a master of disguise and realistic mask ... See full summary »
In 1456, French King Charles VII recalls the story of how he met the seventeen-year-old peasant girl Joan of Arc, entrusted her with the command of the French Army, and ultimately burned her at the stake as a heretic.
In this spoof of the story The Maltese Falcon (1941) is based on, a double-crossing woman, the two-timing P.I. she hired, the corpulent "empress of crime", and a gentleman thief are all after a legendary priceless eighth-century ram's horn.
A werewolf prowls around at night but only kills certain members of one family. It seems like just a coincidence but the investigating Inspector soon finds out that this tradition has gone on for generations and tries to find a link between the werewolf and the family, leading to a frightening conclusion.Written by
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Story about a monster going after the Hammond family who live in Hammond Hall--a huge castle in the middle of nowhere. It seems that one of the Hammonds, centuries ago, sold his soul to the Devil for eternal life. Every few years he has to kill one of the Hammonds (always a man) as a sacrifice to the Devil and to keep him living. Helga Hammond (Heather Angel) thinks that's ridiculous and it's all a silly legend--but her brother Oliver (John Howard) has been attacked and the monster may not stop at him...
This was made quickly to cash in on "The Wolf Man" which had been a huge hit for Universal the year before. It has all the markings of a B movie--a pretty silly (and illogical) script, an unknown director and a cast of actors on their way up (or down). It also has some extremely annoying "comic" relief in the form of Cornelia Christopher (Heather Thatcher) a helper of Robert Curtis (James Ellison) who is assigned by Scotland Yard to solve the case. Still this is worth catching at least once.
The sets are quite impressive (I'm assuming they were made for another film) and there's tons of atmosphere (lots of fog on the moors outside). The howls we hear during the night are pretty spooky too. Also there's a creepy little saying--"When stars are bright on a frosty night, Beware thy being on the rocky lane". The last reel appearance of the monster is a disappointment unfortunately. Also the acting isn't that great with the sole exception of Angel. Thatcher especially gets annoying with her stupid jokes--I spent most of the movie hoping the monster would get her! Still worth seeing for sets and atmosphere alone. A 7.
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