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Mr. Sardonicus (1961)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 12 February 1962 (Denmark)
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Ray Russell (screenplay), Ray Russell (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ronald Lewis ... Sir Robert Cargrave
Audrey Dalton ... Baroness Maude Sardonicus
Guy Rolfe ... Baron Sardonicus / Marek Toleslawski
Oskar Homolka ... Krull (as Oscar Homolka)
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Henryk Toleslawski
Erika Peters ... Elenka Toleslawski
Lorna Hanson Lorna Hanson ... Anna
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Storyline

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 M.E. Nelson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A man of evil... with a face that could stop a heart! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1962 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Der unheimliche Mr. Sardonicus See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Baron Sardonicus: Good morning, Madam.
Maude Sardonicus: Good morning.
Baron Sardonicus: May I come in?
Maude Sardonicus: Well, I...
Baron Sardonicus: Do not worry. I'm not a man who's affectionate in the morning hours.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Featured in Creature Features: Mr. Sardonicus (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Foggy, Foggy Dew
(English folk song)
Sung by Ronald Lewis
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User Reviews

 
Okay when I was young I saw this movie
4 November 2000 | by smidget28See all my reviews

And it scared the hell out of me.

The face is just too smiley for even the cheeriest of folks.

I was scared out of my wits by this black and white movie...most adults would probably find funny. So, decide for yourself.


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