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The Black Castle (1952)

Passed | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 20 March 1953 (UK)
Man investigates the disappearance of two of his friends who were the guests of a sinister Austrian count.

Director:

Nathan Juran

Writers:

Jerry Sackheim (story), Jerry Sackheim (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Richard Greene ... Sir Ronald Burton aka Richard Beckett
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Meissen
Stephen McNally ... Count Karl von Bruno
Rita Corday ... Countess Elga von Bruno (as Paula Corday)
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Gargon (as Lon Chaney)
John Hoyt ... Count Steiken
Michael Pate ... Count Ernst von Melcher
Nancy Valentine ... Therese Von Wilk
Tudor Owen ... Romley
Henry Corden ... Fender
Otto Waldis ... Krantz
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Man investigates the disappearance of two of his friends who were the guests of a sinister Austrian count.

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Trivia

Lon Chaney Jr's last horror film for Universal. See more »

Goofs

The movie was supposed to be set in the 18th century, yet there are German Shepherds in he courtyard. The German Shepherd came into being around 1900. See more »

Quotes

Sir Ronald Burton, alias Richard Beckett: I can condone poor swordsmanship but not bad manners. Gentlemen, Mr. Fender will accept your apologies
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Connections

Featured in Son of Svengoolie: The Black Castle (1952) (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik [K.525]
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Solid and enjoyable.
22 January 2015 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Richard Greene plays British nobleman Sir Ronald Burton, a man intent on proving that an evil Austrian count, Karl von Bruno (Stephen McNally), was the person responsible for murdering two of his friends. So he travels to the Counts' domain, the Black Castle of the title, under an alias, enjoying the Counts' hospitality, as well as participating in a leopard hunt. Along the way he falls in love with von Brunos' beautiful young wife, Elga (Rita Corday).

Greene is an effective hero, and Corday is absolutely lovely. There are lots of impressive supporting performances here, by John Hoyt and Michael Pate as two associates of our villainous Count, Tudor Owen as Burtons' travelling companion Romley, and especially Henry Corden as Fender the servant. Greene, as handsome and stoic as he is, still can't compete with the entertaining theatrics of one eyed McNally, who's fun to watch. Lon Chaney Jr. is kind of wasted in a thankless role as a nearly mute thug. Boris Karloff does his usual delightful work as a distraught doctor who joins the heroes' cause, although his fans should be aware that this isn't really a Boris vehicle. His role, too, is a supporting one.

There's a fair bit to enjoy here, in particular that leopard hunt, which is very atmospheric and is the best part of the movie. Nathan Juran directs, with his typical efficiency. The story, concocted by Jerry Sackheim, is a rather straightforward one and also an agreeable one. You gotta love von Bruno for having a castle with such standard features as booby traps and an alligator pit.

All in all, this isn't a great Universal-International production, but it is a good one.

Seven out of 10.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1953 (UK) See more »

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