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The Tell-Tale Heart (1960)

When Edgar sees his girlfriend Betty getting up close and personal with his best friend Carl, he murders Carl in a jealous rage and hides the corpse under the floor of his piano room. Comes... See full summary »

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Ernest Morris

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Brian Clemens (screenplay by), Eldon Howard (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Payne ... Edgar
Adrienne Corri ... Betty
Dermot Walsh ... Carl
Selma Vaz Dias Selma Vaz Dias ... Mrs. Vine, housekeeper (as Selma Vaz Díaz)
John Scott John Scott ... Police Inspector
John Martin John Martin ... Police Sergeant
Annette Carell ... Landlady
David Lander David Lander ... Jeweller
Rosemary Rotheray Rosemary Rotheray ... Jackie
Suzanne Fuller Suzanne Fuller ... Dorothy
Yvonne Buckingham Yvonne Buckingham ... Mina
David Courtney David Courtney ... Bit Part
Richard Bennett Richard Bennett ... Mike
Joan Peart Joan Peart ... Street Girl
Elizabeth Paget Elizabeth Paget ... Elsie
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When Edgar sees his girlfriend Betty getting up close and personal with his best friend Carl, he murders Carl in a jealous rage and hides the corpse under the floor of his piano room. Comes the night, and Edgar begins to hear strange sounds coming from under the floor... Written by Peter W. Many, Jr. (PMSusana)

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From the Terrifying Pages of Edgar Allan Poe! See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1960 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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THE TELL-TALE HEART (Ernest Morris, 1960) **1/2
23 January 2010 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

The fifth version of the venerable Poe horror tale I have watched: two shorts, one cartoon and two full-length adaptations; the latter both emanated from Britain: for the record, I had watched the 1934 version at London's National Film Theatre in January 2007 during their "Quota-quickie" season. This one, then, is not very well-thought of – but the result (though departing from the original text in most respects) is interesting and decidedly underrated. It starts out with a prologue involving a cocaine-sniffing Poe (also played by suitably austere lead Lawrence Payne) having the story come to him in a nightmare. The anti-hero of the main narrative itself, then, is also called Edgar and he lives in the Rue Morgue(!!): an introvert, he falls for sensuous neighbor Adrienne Corri; however, when he introduces her to his best friend, they start an affair behind his back and, when he finds out, his jealousy turns homicidal.The plot (as reworked by Brian Clemens of "The Avengers" fame) has therefore been fleshed out but also rendered somewhat ordinary; that said, the stylized approach successfully evokes the author's psychological 'landscape' – most memorably, the 'pulsating' carpet above the floorboards where the body is hidden.


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