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The Fall of the House of Usher (1950)

A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to visit his old friend, Roderick Usher. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Roderick and his sister, Madeline, have been afflicted with a ... See full summary »

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Ivan Barnett

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Edgar Allan Poe (adapted from the story by), Dorothy Catt (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Gwen Watford ... Lady Madeline Usher (as Gwendoline Watford)
Kaye Tendeter Kaye Tendeter ... Lord Roderick Usher
Irving Steen Irving Steen ... Jonathan
Vernon Charles Vernon Charles ... Dr. Cordwell
Lucy Pavey ... The Hag
Gavin Lee Gavin Lee ... Butler
Connie Goodwin Connie Goodwin ... Louise
Tony Powell-Bristow Tony Powell-Bristow ... Richard (as A. Powell-Bristow)
Robert Woollard Robert Woollard ... Greville
Keith Lorraine Keith Lorraine ... George
Frederick Meads Frederick Meads
John Cantopher John Cantopher
John Clifton John Clifton
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A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to visit his old friend, Roderick Usher. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Roderick and his sister, Madeline, have been afflicted with a mysterious malady: Roderick's senses have become painfully acute, while Madeline has become nearly catatonic. That evening, Roderick tells his guest of an old Usher family curse: any time there has been more than one Usher child, all of the siblings have gone insane and died horrible deaths. As the days wear on, the effects of the curse reach their terrifying climax. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1950 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A queda da casa de Usher See more »

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G.I.B. See more »
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Runtime:

(short)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First shown in the UK on a floating release in 1950, when it was granted an "H" certificate by the BBFC. Much abridged print (cut from 70 minutes to 39 minutes) released in 1956, when the BBFC gave the revised cut of the picture an X Certificate on March 22, 1956. See more »

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Robert Woollard and Keith Lorraine appear 'by kind permission of Harry Hanson' See more »

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Extraordinary, rarely-seen Brit version of the Poe tale

Decades before independent companies were regularly shooting horror films cheaply on location, the mysterious Ivan Barnett made "The Fall of the House of Usher" in and around a mansion in Hastings, Sussex. There are conflicting stories about its production. It seems to have been shot in 1948. Jonathan Rigby claims it played (with an "H" certificate) "for one week in the Tottenham Court Road" in 1950. This implies the cut version released in 1956 wasn't its premiere. The actor playing Roderick Usher is credited as Kaye (not Kay) Tendeter. Almost certainly he and the rest of the cast were, with the exception of Gwen Watford, local amateurs. Barnett was a talented director and a particularly skillful cameraman. His lighting is highly atmospheric. In theory he could still be alive. But what became of him after the early 1960s? (Update: Subsequently it was revealed that Barnett died 13th September, 2013, i.e. only months before the screening of the film, complete with its "H" certificate, at the BFI Southbank, London, on 22nd December, 2013).


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