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The Cabinet of Caligari (1962)

Approved | | Horror, Thriller | 27 June 1962 (Sweden)
Jane's car breaks down and she makes her way to a nearby estate, owned by a mysterious man named Caligari. Soon she finds that she has become a virtual prisoner, and none of the strange ... See full summary »

Director:

Roger Kay

Writer:

Robert Bloch
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Complete credited cast:
Glynis Johns ... Jane Lindstrom (as Miss Glynis Johns)
Dan O'Herlihy ... Caligari / Paul (as Mr. Dan O'Herlihy)
Richard Davalos ... Mark Lindstrom (as Dick Davalos)
Lawrence Dobkin ... Dr. Frank David
Constance Ford ... Christine
J. Pat O'Malley ... Martin
Vicki Trickett ... Jeanie the Maid
Estelle Winwood ... Ruth
Doreen Lang Doreen Lang ... Vivian
Charles Fredericks Charles Fredericks ... Bob
Phyllis Teagardin Phyllis Teagardin ... Little Girl
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Jane's car breaks down and she makes her way to a nearby estate, owned by a mysterious man named Caligari. Soon she finds that she has become a virtual prisoner, and none of the strange inhabitants of the estate are willing or capable of helping her escape. Caligari reveals himself as a passive pervert, showing her filthy pictures, spying on her, and trying to make her talk about intimate details of her life. She attempts to free herself by the only means at her disposal. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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No one permitted out or in during the last thirteen nerve-shattering minutes! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1962 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Although several horror/suspense movies (most notably Psycho) were advertised with the warning that patrons would not be seated after film began or during climactic final minutes, ads for this one included the unenforceable caveat that no one would be allowed to leave the theater during the last 13 minutes. See more »

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When Jane's car breaks down in long-shot at beginning of the film, the terrain is completely different from the location scenery when she gets out of car and begins walking moments later. See more »

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Caligari: How old were you when you first let a man make love to you? Next, who was he? Next, how did you feel at the time? Next, how did you feel afterwards? What did you feel? What did you think? Were you pleased, frightened, ecstatic, disgusted? What did he say? What words did you speak? That's what I want to know. Now. Tell me. Now. Now. All of it, now. Tell me. YES!
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An emotionally fragile women unwittingly enters the realm of the sadist Caligari and can find no escape
27 April 2016 | by snicewangerSee all my reviews

The were some very talented people involved with the making of this motion picture. However most of them, actors , production staff, and and the technicians,had a stronger background in television production than in the movies.Perhaps this why it has the look and feel of a padded TV movie. This was producer, director Roger Kay's only venture into a theater released production. All the rest of his work as a producer, director, and writer was in television.Credited screenplay writer Robert Bloch was so unhappy with many changes made in his script by Kay that he attempted to have his name removed from the screen credits. The writers guild did not permit it.Apparently the problem was that Bloch saw it as a true horror film and Kay directed it as a film about the nightmares of insanity.

Glynis Johns handles the staring role as best she can and gives a well rounded performance as the confused and terrified Jane Lindstrom. Dan O'Herlihy really hams it up as the the ruthless and emotionally brutal Caligari but given the circumstances of the character,his over the top performance was called for. Constance Ford played the cool , aloft, and bitchy Christine with her usual aplomb. She could due this kind of role in her sleep.

In a 1981 interview Glynis Johns talked about her cute and sweet persona in film ans television. She briefly mentioned Caligari, She said that she was 39 years old at the time the movie was made and didn't feel comfortable with the seduction scene so a body double was used for the leg and pantie shots

Dick Davalos said the final script was much different than the one he originally read for, particularly the ending. But that is not unusual in movies.If the movie is a hit then no one gripes if not then everyone blames the screenplay.

Cabinet of Caligari is an okay movie that could have been a great deal better. It's worth a look but it is not a memorable film.


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