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Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)

Night of the Eagle (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 25 April 1962 (USA)
A woman who may be a witch defends her husband from forces attempting to harm him.

Director:

Sidney Hayers

Writers:

Fritz Leiber Jr. (based on a story by) (as Fritz Leiber), Charles Beaumont (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Wyngarde ... Norman Taylor
Janet Blair ... Tansy Taylor
Margaret Johnston ... Flora Carr
Anthony Nicholls ... Harvey Sawtelle
Colin Gordon ... Lindsay Carr
Kathleen Byron ... Evelyn Sawtelle
Reginald Beckwith ... Harold Gunnison
Jessica Dunning Jessica Dunning ... Hilda Gunnison
Norman Bird ... Doctor
Judith Stott Judith Stott ... Margaret Abbott
Bill Mitchell Bill Mitchell ... Fred Jennings
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Storyline

A skeptical college professor discovers that his wife has been practicing magic for years. Like the learned, rational fellow he is, he forces her to destroy all her magical charms and protective devices, and stop that foolishness. He isn't put off by her insistence that his professional rivals are working magic against him, and her protections are necessary to his career and life. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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You Must See It From the Beginning To Feel The Shock-Impact of the End! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Star Peter Wyngarde initially found the script for "Burn, Witch, Burn" (titled "Night of the Eagle" at the time) to be "rubbish" and decided to pass on the film. Later when Wyngarde saw a luxury car that he desperately wanted to own he went back and took the role of Norman Taylor: asking to be paid exactly the amount for the cost of the car. See more »

Goofs

At 1:21:48, you can see the guide wire controlling the eagle.stretching from it's leg to it's handler whose back is briefly seen. See more »

Quotes

Norman Taylor: I do NOT believe.
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Crazy Credits

There is no The End closing title, just a final "Do You Believe?" to conclude the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the American-International release in the United States, a voice-over opening was added which supposedly cast a protective spell over the audience. It was recorded by Paul Frees, using his trademark Orson Welles impression, and adds 2:20 to the original running time. See more »

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Classic chiller with a great leading performance
22 August 2000 | by galensaysyesSee all my reviews

This has always been one of my favorite horror movies. A lot of its force--notwithstanding the good solid script and direction--is due to Peter Wyngarde's performance as the husband of the title witch. At first he shows us the man's skepticism, a disbelief so fervent and so confidently scornful of opposition that it persuades his wife, even in the face of the sinister atmosphere that's growing all around them--this being painted in with that easy skill that only Britons seem able to command. As the story progresses, Wyngarde shows us, one unnerving step at a time, the man's loss of his lack of faith, to the point of absolute belief (which the film points up with an obvious, but very satisfying, joke) and absolute terror. Except for Fay Wray writhing and screaming between twin pillars in anticipation of her sacrifice, I can't recall another victim whose fear I've felt along with him so completely. In my opinion Wyngarde's is one of the great performances in horror films, and the film itself is one of the last of the classics.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Independent Artists See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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