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A Bucket of Blood (1959)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 21 October 1959 (USA)
A dim-witted busboy finds acclaim as an artist for a plaster-covered dead cat that is mistaken as a skillful statuette. The desire for more praise soon leads to an increasingly deadly series of works.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writer:

Charles B. Griffith (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Miller ... Walter Paisley
Barboura Morris Barboura Morris ... Carla
Antony Carbone Antony Carbone ... Leonard de Santis
Julian Burton Julian Burton ... Maxwell H. Brock
Ed Nelson ... Art Lacroix
John Brinkley John Brinkley ... Will
John Herman Shaner John Herman Shaner ... Oscar (as John Shaner)
Judy Bamber ... Alice
Myrtle Vail Myrtle Vail ... Mrs. Swickert (as Myrtle Damerel)
Bert Convy ... Lou Raby (as Burt Convy)
Jhean Burton Jhean Burton ... Naolia
Bruno VeSota ... Art Collector (as Bruno Ve Soto)
Lynn Storey Lynn Storey ... Sylvia (as Lynne Storey)
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Storyline

Walter Paisley, nerdy busboy at a Bohemian café, is jealous of the talent (and popularity) of its various artistic regulars. But after accidentally killing his landlady's cat and covering the body in plaster to hide the evidence, he is acclaimed as a brilliant sculptor - but his new-found friends want to see more of his work. Lacking any artistic talent whatsoever, Walter has to resort to similar methods to produce new work, and soon people start mysteriously disappearing... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Taglines:

A Comedy of Errors! A Comedy of Terrors! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Horror

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Living Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alta Vista Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Roger Corman and Charles B. Griffith developed the idea and basic outline of the film in one day. See more »

Goofs

When we see Walter's dish rack in the background, there is no pan for the blood. In the next shot, there is a big pan on the dish rack that Walter uses for Lou's dripping blood. See more »

Quotes

Maxwell H. Brock: Life is an obscure hobo, bumming a ride on the omnibus of art.
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Featured in That Guy Dick Miller (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ballad of Tim Evans
("Go Down, You Murderer")
Music & Lyrics by Ewan MacColl
Performed by Alex Hassilev
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That darned cat!(in the wall)
6 September 2004 | by InzyWimzySee all my reviews

Roger Corman has a gem here. First, I really dig that Beatnik scene man: groovy! We start off at the cafe with the sax wailing and Maxwell shooting the audience with words of wisdom. It's a great opener to our story. Dick Miller is great as Walter Paisley (great name play there!) who makes you root for our down trodden busboy. Plus, who knew landladys were so controlling back then? Sheesh, a guy can't even bring a dame over! Add great support especially from Julian Burton who's Mr. Brock (please call me Maxwell) really lives it up as the ultimate beat poet and has a terrific time doing it! He kind of reminds me of a Beatnikesque Oliver Reed. Leonard De Santis provides laughs as the stuck up cafe owner who learns to stop belittling Walter if he knows what's good for him. Even Bruno VeSota is an art aficionado. My favorite scene has to be when Walter turns 180 and visits the cafe (love that beret!). Or maybe it's Walter as the triumphant king! All in all, Bucket of Blood is a whole lot of fun.


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