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The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery | 13 November 1959 (USA)
Jonathan Drake, while attending his brother's funeral, is shocked to find the head of the deceased is missing. When his brother's skull shows up later in a locked cabinet, Drake realizes an... See full summary »

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Edward L. Cahn
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eduard Franz ... Jonathan Drake
Valerie French ... Alison Drake
Grant Richards ... Police Lt. Jeff Rowan
Henry Daniell ... Dr. Emil Zurich
Lumsden Hare ... Rogers
Frank Gerstle ... Lee Coulter
Paul Wexler ... Zutai
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... Dr. George Bradford
Paul Cavanagh ... Kenneth Drake
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Storyline

Jonathan Drake, while attending his brother's funeral, is shocked to find the head of the deceased is missing. When his brother's skull shows up later in a locked cabinet, Drake realizes an ancient curse placed upon his grandfather by a tribe of South American Jivaro Indians is still in effect and that he himself is the probable next victim. That night he is awakened by the approach of an Indian, his lips sewed together with string, and wielding a curare-tipped bamboo knife. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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A Terrifying Case of SKULL-DUGGERY! See more »

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Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die vier Schädel des Jonathan Drake See more »

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Production Co:

Vogue Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In addition to his credited work as make-up artist, Charles Gemora also designed and sculpted the shrunken heads. See more »

Goofs

When Kenneth Drake is walking to the window to investigate the shrunken head hanging outside, there is a poorly placed splice (film "jumps") with the background (curtains suddenly appear) and lighting drastically changing. See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Zombies (1996) See more »

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A forgotten gem!
17 January 2000 | by Norm-30See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film on the old "Chiller Theatre" TV show

back in the early 60's (NYC), and it scared the ---- out of me!

Actor Franz is EXCELLENT in this film, and Paul Cavenaugh (who plays Drake's brother) is best remembered for his appearances in Sherlock Holmes films (most notably, "Scarlet Claw").

Plus, if you think about it, it's the only film i can recall that has to do with shrunken heads!

Definitely a MUST-SEE! Norm


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