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Three Cases of Murder

1953 1h 40m Horror List
Reviews 73% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
The first in this triptych of strange tales centers on a museum worker (Hugh Pryse), who discovers he can wander into the paintings he guards. Next, George (Emrys Jones) becomes rivals with a friend when they fall for the same girl (Elizabeth Sellars), but things turn dark when she turns up dead. Finally, after the powerful Lord Mountdrago (Orson Welles) ruins a politician's career during a heated debate, the ruined man (Alan Badel) seeks revenge by attacking Mountdrago in his dreams. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Only mildly inviting and scary. Rated: B- Oct 3, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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martin a I love the first story about the picture in the gallery, it really is a great idea and quite spooky too. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The murder-horror stories are not that interesting, although the best one comes first so it's as strong as start as the film can get. Orson Welles in the last story is also good value with his character. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the best horror anthologies--The Unlit Candle!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Three various witty and entertaining tales of mystery: two supernatural cases and one classic "whodunit". The first story is the best of all three, taking place inside of an art museum, and then in the paintings themselves. A macabre ghost story involving antiques, antiquarians, and murderous taxidermists. The other two stories are unable to carry the weight of the first, however they are entertaining enough, considering their short length. An interesting Hitchcock-esque introduction with guest narration by Orson Welles. Three different stories, three different directors, harmoniously interwoven into one hundred minutes of suspense. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Cult 50s three story anthology. The final story features Orson Welles and is a fine adaption of a Somerset Maugham short story whilst the first segment is bizarre and unsettling in a kind of "Dead of Night" way. Every now and then, Brit cinema throws up these weird little vignettes that totally go against what they were producing at the time. Anyone with an interest in supernatural cinema should pick this one up as it is a forgotten classic. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The first in this triptych of strange tales centers on a museum worker (Hugh Pryse), who discovers he can wander into the paintings he guards. Next, George (Emrys Jones) becomes rivals with a friend when they fall for the same girl (Elizabeth Sellars), but things turn dark when she turns up dead. Finally, after the powerful Lord Mountdrago (Orson Welles) ruins a politician's career during a heated debate, the ruined man (Alan Badel) seeks revenge by attacking Mountdrago in his dreams.
Director
David Eady, Wendy Toye, George More O'Ferrall
Producer
Ian Dalrymple, Alexander Paal, Hugh Perceval
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 40m