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A Warning to the Curious (1972)

An archeologist goes treasure hunting along the English coast in search of a lost, fabled crown that supposedly helps protect Great Britain against invasion.

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Lawrence Gordon Clark (uncredited)

Writers:

M.R. James (story), Lawrence Gordon Clark
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Vaughan ... Mr Paxton
Clive Swift ... Dr. Black
Julian Herington Julian Herington ... Archaeologist
John Kearney John Kearney ... Ager / Ghost
David Cargill ... Boots
George Benson George Benson ... Vicar
Roger Milner Roger Milner ... Antique Shop Owner (as Roger Millner)
Gilly Fraser Gilly Fraser ... Girl
David Pugh David Pugh ... Porter
Cyril Appleton ... Labourer
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An amateur archaeologist, Mr Paxton (Peter Vaughan), travels to the coastal Norfolk town of Seaburgh. His research has uncovered an old Anglo-Saxon legend telling of three fabled crowns that protect England from invasion. One is said to have been lost in a war, a second lost to the sea - but the third is thought to be hidden somewhere near Seaburgh. Paxton checks into a local inn where, despite the suspicions of the locals, he hears that another archaeologist searching for the crown was found dead more than a decade ago. His inquiries lead him to the grave of a local man, William Ager who was said to be the last of his line and a guardian of the crown. Paxton goes to search the woods near Ager's former home but his excavations will unearth something more than the fabled crown. Written by Mark_a_Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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UK

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English

Release Date:

24 December 1972 (UK) See more »

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Ghost Story for Christmas: A Warning to the Curious See more »

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The church used in the scenes where Mr Paxman is talking to the vicar about the coat of arms and sees a ghost figure is St Marys church, Happisburgh Norfolk. See more »

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Featured in MR James: Ghost Writer (2013) See more »

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Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Music by György Ligeti
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Excellent.
6 January 2005 | by binghuntSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this TV adaptation as a child and being terrified by the presence of the ghost imagining that he was standing in my back garden when I went to bed. Plus I lived in the Norfolk countryside where MR James set the tale was set. The spookiest scene must be when Peter Vaughan is digging for the crown and we fleetingly see the ghost over his shoulder. Also the frightening moment when the ghost is in his room searching for the brown and his tubercular breathing is heard. The drama really does conjure up the bleakness of some of the Norfolk countryside and the fear of what might be waiting in those trees. I am a great lover of horror films but if I need to feel a real chill this always succeeds in producing the goods.


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