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The Oblong Box

Year:
Duration:
USA:91 min | USA:96 min (DVD)
Genres:
Horror
IMDB rate:
6
Director:
Gordon Hessler
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 1969-06-11
Filming Locations: Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK
Cast
Actor
Character
Vincent Price
Julian
Christopher Lee
Dr. Newhartt
Rupert Davies
Kemp
Uta Levka
Heidi
Alister Williamson
Edward
Hilary Heath
Elizabeth (as Hilary Dwyer)
Maxwell Shaw
Hackett
Carl Rigg
Norton
Harry Baird
N'Galo
Godfrey James
Weller
James Mellor
Holt
John Barrie
Franklin
Ivor Dean
Hawthorne
Danny Daniels
Witchdoctor
Michael Balfour
Ruddock
Hira Talfrey
Martha
John Wentworth
Parson
Betty Woolfe
Mrs. Hopkins
Martin Terry
Sailor
Anne Clune
Prostitute
Jackie Noble
Prostitute
Ann Barrass
Prostitute (as Ann Barass)
Jan Rossini
Prostitute
Zeph Gladstone
Trench's Girl
Tara Fernando
Gypsy Dancer
Tony Thawnton
Man in Tavern
Anthony Bailey
Talbot
Richard Cornish
Groom
Colin Jeavons
Doctor
Andreas Malandrinos
Baron (as Andreas Melandrinos)
Hedger Wallace
Major
Martin Wyldeck
Constable
Oh! Ogunde Dancers
Africans
Sean Barry-Weske
Molester in Tavern (uncredited)
Victor Harrington
Sir Julian (uncredited)
Eddie Powell
Fighting Man in Tavern (uncredited)
Nick Tate
Young Man in Tavern (uncredited)
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Trivia
Alister Williamson is dubbed.
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The film takes place in 1865.
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Michael Reeves was originally chosen to direct this movie, but was replaced by Gordon Hessler during the pre-production. Shooting began November 18, and was completed in December, two months before Reeves died in February 1969.
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Goofs
When Sir Edward murders Heidi the prostitute, the special effects knife clearly sprays blood onto the actresses' neck well before it actually touches her.
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Quotes
Dr Neuhart: I might find myself buying your pretty little body one day for a guinea or two.
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Trench: Sir Edward. I thought you've been-
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Faq
Q
Is 'The Oblong Box' available to read online?
A
Poe's 'The Oblong Box' is in the public domain and can be accessed on several websites, e.g., here, here, or here.
Q
Is this movie actually based on a story by Edgar Allan Poe?
A
The title of the movie comes from a short story, 'The Oblong Box' (1844), by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, but the story has nothing to do with the movie. Poe wrote another short story called "The Premature Burial" (1844) from which the notion of premature burial may have been taken, but this story also has nothing whatsoever to do with the movie. The screenplay for The Oblong Box was written by British screenwriters Lawrence Huntington and Christopher Wicking.
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What is 'The Oblong Box' about?
A
When Sir Edward Markham (Alister Williamson) returns from Africa with his face horribly disfigured in a voodoo ceremony, his brother Julian (Vincent Price) keeps him locked in the attic. With the help of his lawyer Trench (Peter Arne), African sorcerer N'Galo (Harry Baird), and unscrupulous Dr Newhartt (Christopher Lee), Sir Edward manages to escape and wreck havoc on the town while seeking revenge and the answer to why he was cursed.
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Photos from cast
Peter Arne Sally Geeson