Three Cases of Murder

1955

David Eady
Director
("You Killed Elizabeth")
George More O'Ferrall
Director
("Lord Mountdrago")
Wendy Toye
Director
("The Picture")
London Films
Studio
Wessex Film Productions
Production Company

Quite enjoyable omnibus of three murder tales:

"In the Picture" is the most overtly supernatural, about a painting in an art gallery whose inhabitants have a peculiar existence of their own. The nasty ending would have made this an excellent episode of Thriller.

"You Killed Elizabeth" is a fairly by the book murder mystery with a nice ending. It is spoiled mainly by the fact that both the victims are rotters who rather deserve what they get.

"Lord Mountdrago" is the most notable of the three, with Welles in fine form as the title character, a larger than life politician tortured by dreams where his main rival appears. It further appears his rival (Badel) knows what is going on in these dreams. The scene where Welles breaks down and begins singing 'Daisy Bell" is startling, and the imagery of a supremely logical personage having a literal short-circuit must have been noted by Stanley Kubrick, who used the same device fifteen years later.

Note: This was filmed in summer 1953, and apparently released in May 1955. When it was reissued in February 1958, British Lion insisted it was not a re-issue, but rather a re-edited and shortened version, and that the original was never released. Thus it is rather difficult to give a definitive date of release.

-Dave W.



1955
Cinema



99 mins
1.37:1



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Orson Welles
Lord Mountdrago
("Lord Mountdrago")
John Gregson
Edgar Curtain
("You Killed Elizabeth")
Elizabeth Sellars
Elizabeth Grange
("You Killed Elizabeth")
Emrys Jones
George Wheeler
("You Killed Elizabeth")
Alan Badel
Mr. X
("In the Picture")
Alan Badel
Harry, the Barman
("You Killed Elizabeth")
Alan Badel
Owen
("Lord Mountdrago")
André Morell
Dr. J. Audlin
("Lord Mountdrago")
Hugh Pryse
Jarvis
("In the Picture")
Leueen MacGrath
The Woman in the House
("In the Picture")
Eddie Byrne
Snyder
("In the Picture")
Helen Cherry
Lady Mountdrago
("Lord Mountdrago")
Eamonn Andrews
The Stories Introduced By
In the Picture:
Unknown 19464-1
Little Boy in Art Gallery
Unknown 19464-2
Little Boy's Mother
Unknown 19464-3
Art Gallery Visitor
Unknown 19464-4
Art Gallery Visitor
Unknown 19464-5
Art Gallery Visitor
Unknown 19464-6
Art Gallery Visitor
Unknown 19464-7
Art Gallery Visitor
Harry Welchman
Connoisseur
John Salew
Rooke
Ann Hanslip
The Girl
You Killed Elizabeth:
Beau Edmonds
Young Edgar
Ray Edmonds
Young George
Paul Phillips
Waiter
Colette Wilde
Jane
Christina Forrest
Susan
Maurice Kaufmann
Frank Pemberton
Unknown 19464-8
Royal Festival Hall Usher
(Georffrey Bayldon?)
Victor Harrington
Man in Royal Festival Hall corridor
Diana Morrison
Miss Timmins
Richard Gregory
Dancer at Nightclub
Louis Matto
Waiter
Pat Ryan
Man in Bar
Steve Donahue
Man in Bar
Eddie Boyce
Man in Bar
Unknown 19464-9
Barman
Jack Lambert
Inspector Acheson
Philip Dale
Detective-Sergeant Mallot
Lord Mountdrago:
Henry Oscar
Mr. Brown, Opposition Leader
Peter Burton
Carrington, Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Arthur Wontner
Leader of the House
Ronald Cardew
Prime Minister
Victor Harrington
Lady Connemara's Servant
Unknown Male 3
Party Guest
Unknown 19464-11
Butler Announcing Guests at Party
Evelyn Hall
Lady Connemara
Pat Hagan
Party Guest
Paul Beradi
Party Guest
Mabel Etherington
Party Guest
Richard Nellor
Party Guest
Norman Fisher
Party Guest
Wilfrid Walter
The Speaker
Vera Pearce
MP Singing in Parliament
John Humphry
Charles, Private Secretary
David Horne
Sir James
Unknown 19464-10
Woman Dancing With Mountdrago in Dream
Frances Baker
Woman in Club Dream
Zena Marshall
Beautiful Blonde
Patrick Macnee
Guard Subaltern
John Chandos
Man in Club Dream
Unknown 19464-12
P.C. in Club Dream
Unknown 19464-13
P.C. in Club Dream
John Boxer
Member of Parliament
Wallace Bosco
Member of Parliament
Robin Burns
Member of Parliament
Walter Horsbrugh
Member of Parliament
Frederick Kelsey
Member of Parliament
Jack May
Member of Parliament
Jim Morris
Member of Parliament
George Spence
Member of Parliament
Unknown Male 48
Member of Parliament
Unknown Male 5
Member of Parliament
Unknown Male 52
Member of Parliament
James Ure
Member of Parliament
Marc Sheldon
Guard Subaltern

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