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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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Genres:

Crime | Mystery | Short | Horror

Certificate:

Approved
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Trivia

Included in Warner Home Video's 2005 7-disc DVD release "The Complete Thin Man Collection" (specifically, in "Shadow of the Thin Man"). See more »

Quotes

Old Man: Quit me? You'll be dependent on me as long as I live!
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Connections

Version of Bucket of Blood (1934) See more »

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fine studio short
7 July 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

A 30 year old Man is the live-in worker for an old man since he was 14. The old man constantly berates him and he finally snaps. One night, he kills the old man. Then he starts to hear a constant beating from everywhere. Two men shows up looking for the old man and he starts to fall apart.

Joseph Schildkraut is pretty good as a haunted man. This MGM produced Edgar Allan Poe short is more or less a testing ground for director Jules Dassin. It takes advantage of good camera work. One can really feel the constant beating of the tell-tale heart. It's a well-made cinematic exercise.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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