Horrors of the Black Museum

1959

Arthur Crabtree
Director
American International Pictures
US Distributor
Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors
UK Distributor

British horror with American International Pictures flavour as opposed to Hammer films. Gough is his usually underrated self. Good for its day. The bit with the binoculars will stick in your mind...

-The Sloth

Loony crime writer commits a series of nasty murders using trick weapons and a hypnotized assistant, all just so he has something to write about.

Another ripe piece of misogyny courtesy of Herman Cohen, the best of the horror films he produced starring Gough. Gough is a bit more restrained than he was in, say, Konga, but still manages to hit some dizzy heights ("Don't call me Eddie - it irritates me!") The supporting cast is good (with a couple exceptions), and there's enough subtext and wit to warrant a second viewing to appreciate the irony of some of the dialogue.

The only real problem with it is that Gough is so immediately suspicious with his teasing of the police, that it's hard to believe he would not be be marked as a person of interest, or even that would they put up with him in the first place (I don't think P.D. James just waltzes into Scotland Yard to chat about murders, but maybe the 50s were different).

Thanks to Philly for his usual valuable hlep in spotting!

-Dave W.


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29th April 1959
Cinema

Not Rated

93 mins
2.35:1

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2.35:1

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Cinema


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2.35:1

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Cinema


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2.35:1

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DVD



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Michael Gough
Edmond Bancroft
June Cunningham
Joan Berkley
June Cunningham
Joan Berkley
Graham Curnow
Rick
Graham Curnow
Rick
Shirley Anne Field
Angela
Geoffrey Keen
Superintendant Graham
Gerald Andersen
Dr. Ballan
Gerald Andersen
Dr. Ballan
(spoilers, I guess)
John Warwick
Inspector Lodge
Beatrice Varley
Aggie
Austin Trevor
Commissioner Wayne
Malou Pantera
Peggy
Howard Greene
Tom Rivers
Dorinda Stevens
Gail Dunlap
Dorinda Stevens
Gail Dunlap
Stuart Saunders
Funfair Barker
Hilda Barry
Woman in Hall
Nora Gordon
Woman in Hall
Vanda Godsell
Miss Ashton
Geoffrey Denton
Sergeant
William Abney
Constable
Howard Pays
Constable
Frank Henderson
Police Surgeon
Garard Green
Fingerprint Man
Ingrid Cardon
Little Girl
Arthur Howell
Passerby
Frank Forsyth
Postman
Unknown 8805
P.C. on Phone in Outer Office
Unknown 8805
P.C. in Outer Office
Unknown 8805
Dr. Ballan's Nurse
Unknown 8805
Pub Patron
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Pub Patron
Unknown Female 59
Pub Patron
Colin McKenzie
Pub Patron
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Joe Beckett
Pub Patron
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Older Man Asking Joan for a Drink
Dave's Unknown Male 29
Pub Patron
Jimmy Scott
Pub Patron
John McCarthy
Man Failing to Pick Up Joan
Richard Caldicot
Ted - Barman
Unknown 8805
Pub Patron
Unknown 8805
Neighbour
Sydney Bromley
Neighbour
Unknown 8805
Neighbour
Unknown 8805
Neighbour
John H. Watson
P.C. Tallking to Little Girl
Unknown 8805
Police Photographer
Unknown Male 111
Ambulance Attendant
Unknown 8805
Ambulance Attendant
(UM155?)
Thomas Gallagher
News Vendor
Unknown 8805
Newspaper Customer
Fanny Carby
Newspaper Customer
Edgar Driver
Newspaper Customer
Unknown 8805
Newspaper Customer
John Wilder
Newspaper Customer
Fred Davis
Newspaper Customer
Edwin Fowles
Newspaper Customer
Jack Dearlove
Party Waiter
Sheila Aza
Cocktail Party Guest
Jack Hetherington
Cocktail Party Guest
Bunny Seaman
Cocktail Party Guest
Unknown 8805
Cocktail Party Guest
Unknown Male 23
Cocktail Party Guest
Unknown 8805
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Cocktail Party Guest
Dave's Unknown Female 2
Cocktail Party Guest
Frank Hawkins
Jail Warder
Unknown Male 29
Man in Park
Unknown 8805
Bookshop Customer
Unknown 8805
Woman in Book Signing Queue
Aileen Lewis
Woman in Book Signing Queue
Unknown 8805
Woman in Book Signing Queue
Norah Hammond
Myra - Woman in Book Signing Queue
John Harvey
Irate Man in Book Signing Queue
Jack Armstrong
Bookshop Customer
Alicia Armstrong
Bookshop Customer
Unknown 8805
Bookshop Customer
Gerald Case
Bookshop Manager
Norman Morris
Funfair Extra
Unknown 8805
Teddy Boy at Funfair
Unknown 8805
Teddy Boy at Funfair
Ken Hutchins
Funfair Extra
Arnold Schulkes
Funfair Extra
Unknown 8805
Hall of Mirrors Ticket Taker
Unknown 8805
Boy in Hall of Mirrors
Unknown 8805
Girl in Hall of Mirrors
Unknown 8805
Teen in Hall of Mirrors
Carole Ann Ford
Teen in Hall of Mirrors
Harry Van Engel
Gawker at Funfair
Unknown 8805
Policeman at Funfair
Unknown 8805
Policeman at Funfair
Unknown 8805
Gawker at Funfair
Susan Raie
Dark-Haired Girl
Emile Franchel
Lecturer
(US HypnoVista Introduction)
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Hypnotized Woman
(US HypnoVista Introduction)

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