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Three Cases of Murder (1955)

Three stories of murder and the supernatural. In the first, a museum worker is introduced to a world behind the pictures he sees every day. Second, when two lifelong friends fall in love ... See full summary »

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Lord Mountdrago ("Lord Mountdrago" segment)
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Elizabeth ("You Killed Elizabeth" segment)
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Owen (segment "Lord Mountdrago") / Mr. X (segment "In the Picture") / Harry (segment "You Killed Elizabeth")
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Dr. Audlin ("Lord Mountdrago" segment)
Hugh Pryse ...
Jarvis ("The Picture" segment)
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Woman in the House ("In the Picture" segment)
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Snyder ("The Picture" segment)
Helen Cherry ...
Lady Mountdrago ("Lord Mountdrago" segment)
Eamonn Andrews ...
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Philip Dale ...
Sgt. Mallot (segment "You Killed Elizabeth")
Christina Forrest ...
Susan (segment "You Killed Elizabeth")
Evelyn Hall ...
Lady Connemara (segment "Lord Mountdrago")
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Three stories of murder and the supernatural. In the first, a museum worker is introduced to a world behind the pictures he sees every day. Second, when two lifelong friends fall in love with the same woman and she is killed, they are obvious suspects. Is their friendship strong enough for them to alibi each other? Third, when a young politician is terribly hurt by the arrogant Secretary for Foreign Affairs Lord Mountdrago, he uses Mountdrago's dreams to get revenge. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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THREE OF THE GREATEST MYSTERIES BY THREE OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST WRITERS! (all caps on lobby card) See more »


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12 May 1955 (UK)  »

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According to cast member Patrick Macnee, the "Lord Mountdrago" segment was mostly directed by star Orson Welles. This testimony is supported by the abundance of high-angle, wide-angle and deep focus shots Welles was known for. See more »

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George Wheeler ("You Killed Elizabeth" segment): How was Manchester?
Edgar Curtain ("You Killed Elizabeth" segment): Wet, in every sense of the word. Those boys can really throw a party.
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Version of W. Somerset Maugham: Lord Mountdrago (1969) See more »

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Orson Welles
21 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

Three stories of murder and the supernatural. In the first, a museum worker is introduced to a world behind the pictures he sees every day. Second, when two lifelong friends fall in love with the same woman and she is killed, they are obvious suspects. Is their friendship strong enough for them to alibi each other? Third, when a young politician is terribly hurt by the arrogant Secretary for Foreign Affairs Lord Mountdrago, he uses Mountdrago's dreams to get revenge.

Orson Welles received top billing, but he appears only in "Lord Mountdrago." According to Patrick Macnee, who had a supporting role, Welles began making suggestions to director George More O'Ferrall throughout the first day of filming, and by the third day he had taken over the direction of the entire segment.

Does this surprise anyone? Of course Welles would be the star to draw audiences in, and of course he would try to take over the production, because that was very much the sort of chap he was. For better or worse, a film starring Welles was very much a Welles film.

As far as anthologies go, this one is not often remembered. And as far as horror anthologies go (if this even counts), it seems all but forgotten, overshadowed by the later Amicus films. I love Amicus, and it is hard to beat them, but surely this film must have been some influence on the later Amicus and Hammer productions.


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