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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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Decent Version of the Poe Story
25 October 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Fall of the House of Usher (1949)

** (out of 4)

This British version of the Edgar Allan Poe story has pretty much been forgotten over the years thanks to two very good versions from 1928 and of course the Roger Corman/Vincent Price film that was released after. This here features a cast of unknowns, most of them making their first and only film appearance. The story is the same that you're used to as a friend (Irving Steen) shows up at the house of Roderick Usher (Kay Tendeter) and gets caught up in a mystery. THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER is not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination but it's unique enough to where it can hold your attention throughout its short 70-minute running time. I think the biggest problem with the movie is the fact that director Ivan Barnett isn't able to create any sort of pacing and this becomes a problem. It really does seem like every scene is something onto its own and it was hard to really feel that the film ever really connected together. This is again due to the pacing, which is just all over the place. I will say that the director manages to create a pretty good atmosphere and the ending is actually extremely good. The performances are all a mixed bag but for the most part I thought they were just fine. If you've seen any other version of the story then it's doubtful this one here is going to blow you away. Still, it's a rather interesting movie and its forgotten status makes it even more curious.


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