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The Fall of the House of Usher (1948)

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

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:

13 May 1948 (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

Only screen appearance of both Kaye Tendeter and Irving Steen, who portray Roderick Usher and his friend Jonathan respectively, as well as Vernon Charles, who plays Dr Cordwell. Gwen Watford, however, makes the first of many film and television appearances as Madeline Usher. See more »

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Odd But Atmospheric
27 October 2015 | by robertguttmanSee all my reviews

The plot of this curious version of the Poe classic differs considerably from the original story, including a number of plot elements and characters that are not in Poe's story at all. Some of the acting seems almost amateurish at times, and the entire production was clearly carried out on a very small budget.

However, where this film excels is in its' sense of creepy atmosphere. Indeed, in that respect it reminded me of Carl Theodore Dryer's 1932 film, "Vampyr". Those who have seen that most peculiar horror film will understand to what I refer. In that film, as well as in this one, style and atmosphere completely dominate character and story to the point where the latter two elements almost cease to matter at all. Both "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "Vampyr" are prime examples of how much a creative director can achieve even without benefit of special effects or a large budget.


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