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The Ash Tree (1975)

Man of leisure Sir Richard (Edward Petherbridge) receives notification that his Uncle has died, bequeathing him his stately country manor and all its lands. On his return to England he ... See full summary »

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M.R. James (by) (as MR James), David Rudkin (a television version by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward Petherbridge ... Sir Richard / Sir Matthew
Preston Lockwood Preston Lockwood ... Dr. Croome
Barbara Ewing Barbara Ewing ... Anne Mothersole
Lalla Ward ... Lady Augusta
Lucy Griffiths Lucy Griffiths ... Mrs. Chiddock
Oliver Maguire Oliver Maguire ... William Beresford
Clifford Kershaw Clifford Kershaw ... The Witchfinder
Cyril Appleton ... Master Procathro
David Pugh David Pugh ... Herdsman
Glynn Sweet Glynn Sweet ... Young Cleric
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Man of leisure Sir Richard (Edward Petherbridge) receives notification that his Uncle has died, bequeathing him his stately country manor and all its lands. On his return to England he immediately sets about taking stock of all legal matters concerning his new property, but during these dealings Sir Richard seems to be more than a little distracted, he hears strange noises from the ash tree outside his bedroom window. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ash Tree See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Cut it down!
3 January 2016 | by begobSee all my reviews

The new squire takes up residence in his 18th century inheritance, but the witch hunting exploits of his ancestor come back to haunt the present.

One of M R James' oddest stories, because of the account of the creatures in the tree, and I think this adaptation captures that. The acting and pace are good, and the melding of periods is done subtly and without confusion (although I'm not sure about the reference to Kilkenny).

There is one amazing scene where the sky above the horizon seems to be awash with waves - I guess it was done in a field sloping down to the shore - and is a very striking trick on the eye, although it doesn't help the story much.

Overall - great style, ending in creepiness.


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