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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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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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An enchanting trilogy for lovers of Mystery and Imagination! See more »


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12 May 1955 (UK)  »

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De tre mordens gåta  »

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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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Neglected horror anthology
25 September 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THREE CASES OF MURDER is a fun if little known British horror anthology, consisting of three stories all linked by murder and mysterious death. This is very much a cosy little production in which the horror and fantastic elements are played down, but it does share stylistic similarities with the likes of the Ealing classic DEAD OF NIGHT. It's much tamer than the later Amicus anthologies.

As ever, the quality of the stories is mixed, with the first being the best. The main character is the curator of an art gallery who learns of the mysterious background of a particularly atmospheric painting of a spooky old house. He visits the house itself and the sinister occupiers, as well as the artist, only to learn of a terrifying secret. This story boasts strong acting and some great visuals and it's the highlight of the film - and the most supernatural.

The second story is the weakest of the trio and also instantly forgettable. A couple of guys are accused of the murder of a girl, and each provides an alibi for the other. The characters are weak and unmemorable and nothing much happens. The third story is dominated by the presence of star Orson Welles who brings a ton of bluster and charisma to his role of the unpleasant House of Lords member who finds himself haunted by a rival in his dreams. It's essentially an extension of the whole Macbeth/Banquo angle yet Welles makes it his own and lifts the material considerably. The humour might be a bit too broad here but it's a nice way to end a fun and atmospheric little production.


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