Three Cases of Murder (1955)





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The British omnibus thriller, Three Cases of Murder includes two supernatural tales and a straight whodunit. The first segment, "The Picture," was directed by Wendy Toye, based on a short story by Roderick Wilkinson. A museum tour guide, Jarvis (Hugh Pryse), is plagued by artworks going missing, and by the mysterious repeated breaking of the protective glass over a gloomy landscape painting. Jarvis is fascinated by the dark, foreboding house in the painting. One day while he's admiring it, he bumps into a stranger (Alan Badel, who appears in all three segments). Jarvis ends up following the stranger into the world of the painting with terrifying consequences. Eddie Byrne (General Willard in Star Wars) plays the demented taxidermist, Snyder. In the second segment, "You Killed Elizabeth," written by Sidney Carroll (who co-wrote The Hustler), and directed by David Eady, lifelong friends fall in love with the same woman. George (Emrys Jones) has always stood in Edgar's (John Gregson) shadow. The two have a falling out when they realize they both love Elizabeth (Elizabeth Sellars), and when she later turns up dead, it affects the friendship in a surprising way. Badel plays the friendly bartender, Harry. The final story, "Lord Mountdrago," was based on a story by W. Somerset Maugham. Directed by George More O'Ferrall, the segment stars Orson Welles as Lord Mountdrago, the officious secretary of state for foreign affairs. Mountdrago uses his oratory powers to destroy the career of a charismatic political opponent, Owen (Badel again). Mountdrago then finds himself tormented by the vengeful Owen, who seems to have found a way to enter his dreams. Andre Morrell (Bridge on the River Kwai) plays Mountdrago's baffled psychiatrist. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Orson Welles
as Lord Mountdrago [Lord Mountdrago]
Alan Badel
as Mr. X
John Gregson
as Edgar Curtain [You Killed Elizabeth]
David Horne
as Sir James [Lord Mountdrago]
André Morell
as Dr. Audlin [Lord Mountdrago]
Jack Lambert
as Inspector Acheson [You Killed Elizabeth]
John Salew
as Rooke ("The Picture" segment)
Peter Burton
as Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs [Lord Mountdrago]
Eddie Byrne
as Snyder ["The Picture" segment]
Elizabeth Sellars
as Elizabeth Grange [You Killed Elizabeth]
Emrys Jones
as George Wheeler [You Killed Elizabeth]
Arthur Wontner
as Leader of the House [Lord Mountdrago]
Helen Cherry
as Lady Mountdrago
Maurice Kaufmann
as Pemberton [You Killed Elizabeth]
Evelyn Hall
as Lady Connemara [Lord Mountdrago]
John Humphrey
as Private Secretary [Lord Mountdrago]
Zena Marshall
as Beautiful Blonde [Lord Mountdrago]
Hugh Pryse
as Jarvis ["The Picture" segment]
Ann Hanslip
as The Girl
Colette Wilde
as Jane [You Killed Elizabeth]
Philip Dale
as Sgt. Mallot [You Killed Elizabeth]
Harry Welchman
as Connoisseur
Leucen MacGrath
as Woman in the House
Christina Forrest
as Susan [You Killed Elizabeth]
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Critic Reviews for Three Cases of Murder

All Critics (1)

Only mildly inviting and scary.

Full Review… | October 3, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Three Cases of Murder

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.

Branden William
Branden William

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