Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Tell-Tale Heart (1960)

Director: Ernest Morris

Writers: Edgar Allan Poe, Brian Clemens, Eldon Howard

Composers: Tony Crombie, Bil LeSage

Starring: Laurence Payne, Adrienne Corri, Dermot Walsh, Selma Vaz Dias, John Scott Martin, John Martin, Annette Carell, David Lander, Rosemary Rotheray, Frank Thornton

More info: IMDb

Tagline: From the Terrifying Pages of Edgar Allan Poe!

Plot: When Edgar sees his girlfriend Betty getting up close and personal with his best friend Carl, he murders Carl in a jealous rage and hides the corpse under the floor of his piano room. Comes the night, and Edgar begins to hear strange sounds coming from under the floor...

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

Despite the poor quality of the print I watched it's a good Poe adaptation.  The acting is strong and solid.  It is a bit stagey as if it were a play shown as a TV adaptation and the music reflects that sometimes, too, but it's very well done otherwise.  Poe fans will dig it for sure.  Look quick for Frank Thornton (of ARE YOU BEING SERVED? (1972) fame) as a bartender.   I love that show.  This picture pops up on some public domain sets but you can see it for free above on YouTube.

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