A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more grotesque results! The audience gets an opportunity to vote--via the "Punishment Poll"--for the penalty Sardonicus must pay for his deeds...
The Only Picture With the Punishment Poll!
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Did You Know?
Baroness Maude Sardonicus (Audrey Dalton
) talks with Sir Robert Cargrave (Ronald Lewis
) about the culture in her adopted home of Gorslava and mentions they get magazines and stories from London. She mentions reading the works of "Mr. Conan Doyle", obviously referring to Arthur Conan Doyle
, who wrote the Sherlock Holmes stories.
Even though this movie is set in 1880, and the first Sherlock Holmes story (A Study in Scarlet) was not published until 1886, Doyle's first published piece, "The Mystery of Sasassa Valley", was printed in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal on September, 6 1879 and his first academic article, "Gelsemium as a Poison" appeared in the British Medical Journal On September 20 1879, so the movie's reference to Doyle as a writer published in journals by 1880 is accurate. See more
A doctor would know better than to yank feeding leeches off of a person's skin. Attached leeches need to be removed carefully or there is a risk of infection (which 'pre-antibiotics' could be much more dangerous than the leeches themselves). See more
My name was not always Sardonicus, and I did not always wear a mask.
An alternate version was supplied for drive-ins. For this version, only the footage of 'William Castle (I)' was different. For the drive-in version, instead of the "Punishment Poll" cards, the audience was asked to flash their headlights to vote on the ending. The Columbia exchanges could replace the two William Castle segments to make an existing print suitable for drive-in bookings. As with the theater version, there was only one ending filmed. See more
Referenced in Premature Burial
Foggy, Foggy Dew
(English folk song)
Sung by Ronald Lewis See more