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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

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

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

William Castle: [gimmick] During its initial theatrical release, attendees were given small white cards with luminous thumbs with which to vote thumbs-up or thumbs-down. See more »

Goofs

Sir Robert "invents" the hypodermic needle, despite its having been invented decades earlier than the film's 1880 setting. See more »

Quotes

Gatekeeper: Sardonicus?
Sir Robert Cargrave: Why were you so frightened?
Gatekeeper: Aah, sir, you would not understand. You are young. You do not yet have daughters!
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Alternate Versions

The film was initially refused a UK cinema certificate by the BBFC, and only passed 4 months later after considerable pre-cuts which included shots of Sardonicus' face and the entire leech torture of Anna. The 1996 Encore VHS release was complete and uncut. See more »

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Foggy, Foggy Dew
(English folk song)
Sung by Ronald Lewis
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Disturbing but memorable!
28 June 2005 | by moonchildiva-1See all my reviews

I saw this in the "show" when I was about 10, and seriously, I have never forgotten it. About 20 years ago, I noticed that it was on a station out of Toledo in the middle of the night, and even though I had to get up in the morning, and they had commercials every 10 minutes, I stayed up (after setting the alarm to GET UP) and watched the whole movie... I guess I am a William Castle fan, I have to admit it. (One other that still kills me is Homicidal, and woo hoo Richard Rust is in it, too, my favorite!) I play the lottery every day now, too, and that storyline about the ticket in the grave just GETS ME!! This is one odd film, like everything Castle does, but ya gotta love it!! It sticks with you, once you've seen it, you are hooked forever.


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