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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 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

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Directorial debut of Jules Dassin, 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 »

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Second Deputy Sheriff: Where is the old man? Where is the old man!
Young Man: Are you deaf? Are you deaf? Don't you hear it?
Second Deputy Sheriff: Hear what?
Young Man: 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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Very Good
31 October 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Tell-Tale Heart, The (1941)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

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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