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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

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Fritz Leiber Jr. (novel) (as Fritz Leiber), Charles Beaumont (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 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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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burn, Witch, Burn See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Star Peter Wyngarde said that his reaction to the infamous eagle attack was genuine as the huge bird had a nine foot wingspan and tremendous talons. See more »

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At 1:21:48, you can see the guide wire controlling the eagle. See more »

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Norman Taylor: So, each day science, founded on years of research and truth merges with feats, which put our old fashioned magicians to shame. Aladdin rubbed the lamp and the genie appeared. Today we can press a button, and the whole of mankind is obliterated.
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Spooky witch tale
17 July 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

A college professor in England named Norman Taylor (Peter Wyngarde) and his wife Tansy (Janet Blair) seem to live a charmed life. Then Norman finds out Tansy is using witchcraft to "protect" him. He firmly disbelieves of it and makes her burn all her protective charms. Then his life becomes a living hell...

Scary, well-made British chiller filmed in atmospheric black & white. This is the kind of movie where the chills creep up on you and quietly scare you.

The acting is great all around. Peter Wyngarde is very effective as Taylor--you see his character struggling to rationalize all the bad things happening to him. Surprisingly director Sidney Hayers (in an interview with Fangoria magazine) didn't want Wyngarde for the role. It was well known that Wyngarde was gay and the director felt he would be too effeminate for the role! His doubts were totally misfounded. Blair is even better as his wife Tansy. Her sacrifice at one point in the movie is actually very moving. And I'll never forget Margaret Johnston--that woman was EVIL. Trust me, I'm not giving anything away--you'll know who the evil witch is within the first 10 minutes.

A well-made, frightening horror film. Turn off the lights and cuddle up with this one. Perfect for late night viewing.


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