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The Tell-Tale Heart (1953)

A madman tells his tale of murder, and how a strange beating sound haunted him afterward.

Director:

Ted Parmelee

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story), Bill Scott (story adaptation) | 1 more credit »

Star:

James Mason
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
James Mason ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

One of the most discussed and imaginative cartoons of any era. It tells the famous Edgar Allan Poe story of the deranged boarder who had to kill his landlord, not for greed, but because he possessed an "evil eye." The killer is never seen but his presence is felt by the use light-and-shadow to give the impression of impending disaster. According to UPA, the art style was derived from Eugene Berman, scenic designer and ballet designer of NYC's Metropolitan Opera. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det skvallrande historia See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Rumors for years surrounding this film would have it being in 3-D. However, absolutely no trade magazines list the production as being in 3-D (even pre-filming announcements and in-production articles), and according to Grover Crisp, head of the restoration unit at Sony/Columbia, the original negative bears absolutely no markings that would indicate that the film had any 3-D origins. It is speculated, based on several collectors' memories, that the myth started when super8mm editions of the film were labeled with 3-D stickers by accident, around the same time that stickers were being put on the 3-D shorts that Columbia was releasing in that format. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [Final lines] True, I'm nervous. Very, very dreadfully nervous.
[slams hand on prison door, sound echos down the hall]
Narrator: But why would you say that I'm mad?
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amazing animated adaptation of one of poe's most famous works
12 December 2016 | by framptonhollisSee all my reviews

"The Tell-Tale Heart" is probably the most popular and famous of all of Edgar Allan Poe's tales. It's a very simple, quick, and easy to read tale that has a great plot, wonderful style, and a memorable ending. It is the perfect Poe tale!

This film is a brief adaptation of this beloved classic, and it captures its mood and suspense gloriously. The narration by the great James Mason is pitch perfect, and the animation style is creepy and superb! The film is genuinely intense, too. The atmosphere is heavy, and it makes for a great experience. My heart was practically pounding as I watched it-which is interesting to note due to the title and subject of the story.


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