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The Tell-Tale Heart (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Short | 25 October 1941 (USA)
In this classic Edgar Allan Poe story, a man commits a murder, but afterward the victim's beating heart torments the murderer's mind.

Director:

Jules Dassein (as Jules Dassin)

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story), Doane R. Hoag (screenplay) (as Doane Hoag)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joseph Schildkraut ... Young Man
Roman Bohnen ... Old Man
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Storyline

Adapted from the story by Edgar Allan Poe: A young man is being dominated, insulted, and mistreated by the older man whose lodgings he shares. Finally, one night he enters the older man's room and kills him. Afterwards, the young man grows increasingly nervous, and he becomes convinced that he can still hear the dead man's heart beating. Written by Snow Leopard

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Crime | Mystery | Short | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1941 (USA) See more »

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Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Directorial debut of Jules Dassein, who had worked under Alfred Hitchcock and Garson Kanin. He would go on to receive two Oscar nominations for Never on Sunday (1960). See more »

Quotes

Old Man: Put out the light!
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Connections

Version of Le coeur révélateur (1966) See more »

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This beating thing...
20 March 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Roger Corman,although he transferred a lot of Poe's short stories to the screen ,was not really faithful to the writer:sometimes fleshed -out to a feature length film proportions by the script writers ,the movies tended to cover what original stories existed in the first place ("premature burial" )Sometimes it was a mixture of several stories ("the pit and the pendulum").Corman's works are still fun to watch though.The late sixties attempt "Histoires Extraordinaires" aka "Spirits of the dead" saw the three directors Malle,Vadim and Fellini succumb to the same vices.Only Fellini played his game well,transcending Poe with end-of-the-world pictures and a breath-taking virtuosity.

Jules Dassin's rendering of one of POe's famous short stories is a different matter ,because it deals with Poe and Poe only.If you've read the novel,you will feel this maleficent atmosphere dear to the American writer.The pictures show the influence of German expressionism with its use of shadows and light;the soundtrack,with its relentless thump makes you feel it is your own heart which is pounding.Roman Bohnen 's performance compares favorably with the best of those of Peter Lorre.Only 20 min where fear is a man's best friend.


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