Suspense (1949–1954)
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A Cask of Amontillado 

In World War II Italy, Count Montressor has watched with horror as his former stable boy became a powerful Nazi general. In the process, General Fortanato has murdered the Count's sister ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Stevens

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story) (as Edgar Allen Poe), Halsted Welles (adaptation)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Bela Lugosi ... Gen. Fortunato
Romney Brent ... Count Montressor
Rex Marshall ... Self - Announcer
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Storyline

In World War II Italy, Count Montressor has watched with horror as his former stable boy became a powerful Nazi general. In the process, General Fortanato has murdered the Count's sister and stolen his wife. Knowing the General plans to murder him, Count Montressor lures him into the palace's catacombs to taste the rare cask of Amontillado he has procured. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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Trivia

When interviewed for a Bela Lugosi documentary, Ray Watslon would go on to speak very negatively of the talented Hungarian actor. This seems nothing more than a mere case of Napoleon complex: Watslon stood at a mere 5'6", whereas Bela was a towering 6'1". See more »

Goofs

As the General and Count walk the stairs down to the catacombs, the stone walls (painted on flats) flutter back and forth See more »

Quotes

[Fortunato and Montressor are descending into the catacombs]
General Fortunato: You know, life is nothing but a lot of steps - either you go up or you go down.
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Crazy Credits

Although she has a lengthy conversation with Lugosi, the actress playing the Countess is uncredited. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Charlie's Angels: Toni's Boys (1980) See more »

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Uninspired and dull.
16 October 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was very surprised with this one. Imagine an Edgar Allan Poe story (perhaps his best) that stars Bela Lugosi...and it's not very good! The problem is not with Lugosi. Despite his serious drug addiction and failing health, he's fine here. The problem is that the original story was GREAT and this reworking of the story seems to have omitted all the terror and twists in the original. In the Poe tale, a man creates a lengthy and diabolical plan to exact revenge on a foe who he's PRETENDED to like. However, in this updated version, an unnecessary plot about Fascism is inserted and the death is completely spontaneous and amazingly anticlimactic. All in all, a rather dull and pedestrian version of a brilliant and dark tale--and bad organ music and flubbed lines didn't help.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1949 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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