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Bucket of Blood (1934)

The Tell-Tale Heart (original title)
A young man is driven mad by his obsession with the repulsive diseased eye of the old man who cares for him.


(as Desmond Hurst)


(adaptation), (scenario) (as Desmond Hurst) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Norman Dryden ... The Boy
John Kelt ... The Old Man
Yolande Terrell ... The Girl
Thomas Shenton ... 1st Investigator
James Fleck ... 2nd Investigator
Colonel Cameron ... Doctor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Shenton ... First Investigator


A young man is driven mad by his obsession with the repulsive diseased eye of the old man who cares for him.

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From EDGAR ALLAN POE'S macabre story "TELLTALE HEART" (original ad for U.S. release of "Bucket of Blood" ) See more »







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14 June 1934 (USA)  »

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »


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Dialogue problems
19 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

The main trouble with this production is that while the young male lead may have the profile of an Ivor Novello and may demonstrate considerable conviction of movement during the lengthy silent sequences, he simply can't speak his lines -- or at least, can't seem to say them with anything approaching a natural inflection. When he has to appear demented or distraught, he's not so bad, but when he has to take part in even the briefest conversational exchange, he sounds incredibly stilted, amateur and uncomfortable; the effect is to set the listener on edge, but probably not as intended. In the silent era he might well have had at least a minor career ahead of him, but on this showing he would have been a complete wash-out in the era of sound.

Apart from this admittedly major flaw, the film as an atmosphere piece is reasonably good, although I did feel that even at this brief length it drags. The special effects for the diseased eye that provides the main motivation for the plot are convincingly repellent, especially in an early scene where it is seen, horribly, to move, though I'm not sure the character's concomitant and vital sensitivity to sounds is sufficiently brought out; it seems to re-emerge only on demand. I haven't read the original story but suspect this is an element which is easier to render on the printed page.

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