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The Man in Black (1949)

A yogi seemingly dies while simulating death and his evil second wife, and her daughter, try to force his daughter into insanity for control of his estate.

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Francis Searle

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John Dickson Carr (radio series Appointment with Fear), John Gilling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Betty Ann Davies ... Bertha Clavering
Sheila Burrell Sheila Burrell ... Janice
Sidney James ... Henry Clavering / Hodson
Anthony Forwood ... Victor Harrington
Hazel Penwarden Hazel Penwarden ... Joan Clavering
Valentine Dyall ... The Man in Black - Story-Teller
Courtney Hope Courtney Hope ... Mrs. Carter
Mollie Palmer Mollie Palmer ... Elsie
Laurence Baskcomb Laurence Baskcomb ... Sandford
Gerald Case Gerald Case ... Doctor
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Henry Clavering suspects his second wife Bertha is trying to drive his daughter (by his first marriage) insane, to stop her inheriting his money. He decides to use his yoga skills to pretend to be dead, and thereby expose her villainy. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1950 (UK) See more »

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Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (United Programmes Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A Thriller NOT A Horror Movie
2 February 2017 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Although on IMDb this is tagged as a horror movie as well as a thriller - it is not a horror film. It's a thriller, very film noir(ish). The seance might be the only real impression this a horror film. Sure there is a man speaking in a "spooky voice" in the beginning of it, a man simulating his own death through yoga, a woman seemingly going insane, ugly step-mom and step-sister trying to drive her mad but the film is a thriller... maybe with some over/under tones of horror.

I will have to agree this movie is similar to Gaslight (1944) It's sorta a rehash of it but with the mystery removed. Gaslight the better film but this one isn't all that bad.

This film helped Hammer to pave it's way into the horror genre and is worth a watch but not a film to go out of your way to find.

5/10


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