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 ...
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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...Written by
As mentioned in another comment here, Baroness Maude Sardonicus mentions Conan Doyle. Although the first Sherlock Holmes work by Doyle was not published until 1887 (written in 1886), the Baroness does not specifically mention the Sherlock Holmes novel. Conversely, she makes reference to receiving all the latest "periodicals" and mentions Conan Doyle as a writer. In fact, Doyle's first published piece, "The Mystery of Sasassa Valley", was printed in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal on September, 6 1879. He published his first academic article, "Gelsemium as a Poison" in the British Medical Journal On September 20 1879, so the movie's reference to Doyle as a writer published in journals by 1880 was accurate. See more »
In the opening scene Sir Robert and his assistant Wainright are working on a paralyzed girl's legs. The story is set in 1880 yet the young girl clearly shows evidence of a recently-removed band-aid from the side of her right ankle. Adhesive bandages were invented in 1920. See more »
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 »