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The Black Castle (1952)

Unrated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 20 March 1953 (UK)
Man investigates the disappearance of two of his friends who were the guests of a sinister Austrian count.

Director:

Nathan Juran

Writers:

Jerry Sackheim (story), Jerry Sackheim (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Greene ... Sir Ronald Burton, alias Richard Beckett
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Meissen
Stephen McNally ... Count Karl von Bruno
Rita Corday ... Countess Elga von Bruno (as Paula Corday)
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Gargon (as Lon Chaney)
John Hoyt ... Count Steiken
Michael Pate ... Count Ernst von Melcher
Nancy Valentine ... Therese Von Wilk
Tudor Owen ... Romley
Henry Corden ... Fender
Otto Waldis ... Krantz - the innkeeper
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Storyline

Man investigates the disappearance of two of his friends who were the guests of a sinister Austrian count.

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Terror Stalks Its Turreted Battlements... and Horror Crawls the Catacombs Beneath! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das schwarze Schloß See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lon Chaney Jr's last horror film for Universal. See more »

Goofs

The voice-over clearly sets the action during the reign of Charles VI, who was Holy Roman Emperor between 1711 and 1740. During the post-hunt party, however, we hear parts of the inner movements of K.525 which was not published until 1787. See more »

Quotes

Count Karl von Bruno: Doctor, you're an expert on medical science. Isn't it true that the Ancient Romans were pain worshippers?
Dr. Meissen: Oh, yes, Herr Count. They even held endurance contests. It was a mark of distinction to suffer in silence.
Count Steiken: [Being treated for an arm wound by Dr. Meissen] Ah, naaah! Oh, no!
Count Karl von Bruno: Do you hear that, Steiken?
Count Steiken: [Screaming] Aaah, ah, ah! I'm not an Ancient Roman!
Servant: Herr Count, Mr. Beckett is here.
Count Karl von Bruno: Well, bring him in for this should amuse him too.
Count Steiken: [to Dr. Meissen] Ooohh! - You idiot! You call yourself a ...
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Connections

Featured in Son of Svengoolie: The Black Castle (1952) (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik [K.525]
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Hugely enjoyable atmospheric thriller.
9 March 2010 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Black Castle is one of those film's that has found its way into a Boris Karloff collection and is mistakenly expected to be an outright horror movie. Whilst some horror elements exist within Nathan Juran's movie, this really is a multi genre piece that's tightly produced and effectively portrayed. Joining Karloff, in what is a small but critical role, are Richard Greene, Stephen McNally, Lon Chaney Jr, Rita Corday, John Hoyt & Michael Pate. It's produced, unsurprisingly, out of Universal International Pictures. The plot sees Greene's English gentleman travel to the castle home of the sinister Count von Bruno {McNally}. He's following an investigation into the disappearance of two friends, an investigation that is fraught with danger and surprise at every turn.

This has everything that fans of the old dark house/castle sub-genre could wish for. Genuine good and bad guys, a fair maiden, dark corners for doing dark deeds, devilish traps, ticking clock finale and we even get a good old fashioned bit of swashbuckling into the bargain. The cast are all turning in effective performances, particularly Greene and the wonderfully sneering McNally. Whilst Jerry Sackheim's writing is lean and devoid of the pointless filler that has so often bogged down similar film's of this ilk. A very recommended film on proviso that Karloff fans understand it's not really a Karloff movie, and perhaps more importantly, that horror fans don't expect blood letting to be the order of the day. A fine atmospheric story with a sense of dread throughout, The Black Castle is a fine viewing experience. 7/10


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