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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
Second Deputy Sheriff:
Where is the old man? Where is the old man!
Are you deaf? Are you deaf? Don't you hear it?
Second Deputy Sheriff:
The pounding, fool. The pounding! Can't you hear it? You do hear it. Stop it. Please, stop it. Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it - stop it - stop it - stop it! Tear up the planks!
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Oscar winner Joseph Schildkraut stars in this adaptation of the Poe story. He plays the young man who murders an abusive old man but soon begins to hear his heart beating. This is my favorite story from Poe so I try and watch each version of it that I can and this here is certainly one of the best that I've seen. This was directed by Jules Daissin, who would later make Brute Force and Riffifi, so you know there's talent involved here. He does a very good job with the material and that's especially true when you watch the breakdown scene and how it's put together and edited. As the breakdown and heart beats keep pounding the director really builds up the tension. Schildkraut also does a fine job with the role as he too is responsible for building the tension up. He doesn't have too much dialogue but he doesn't need any as he really sells the character with just his looks.
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