πŸŽ₯ Three Cases of Murder – 1955

The Story …

Three Cases of Murder” (1955) is an anthology film that consists of three separate mystery stories, each connected by the presence of a mysterious painting.

The film is framed by the character played by Orson Welles, a storytelling raconteur who introduces and concludes each of the tales …

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Here’s a brief summary of each case …

“The Picture in the House” :

In the first case, a mild-mannered solicitor named Robert Hitchens (played by Alan Badel) stumbles upon a peculiar painting of a country house. Intrigued by the artwork, he decides to visit the house and discovers that it eerily resembles the one in the painting.

As he explores the house, he uncovers unsettling secrets and a grim connection between the painting and his own fate.

“You Killed Elizabeth” :

The second case revolves around an acclaimed artist named Lord Mountdrago (Orson Welles) who is haunted by his own past. He painted a portrait of a woman named Elizabeth years ago, and now, the painting seems to come to life, accusing him of her murder.

Mountdrago becomes increasingly paranoid as the portrait’s accusations escalate, leading to a chilling climax.

“Lord Mountdrago” :

In the final case, a high-ranking government official, Lord Mountdrago (Orson Welles), is tormented by recurring nightmares. These vivid dreams suggest a political conspiracy and the possibility of a murder plot. As Mountdrago’s dreams become increasingly unsettling, he becomes obsessed with unravelling the truth behind the plot, leading to a dramatic revelation.

Orson Welles serves as the storyteller who introduces each case, setting the tone for the mysteries to unfold and providing commentary on the enigmatic paintings that tie them together. As the film progresses, viewers are drawn into a world of intrigue, suspense, and psychological complexity, with Welles’ commanding presence guiding them through each enigmatic tale.

“Three Cases of Murder” is a unique anthology that showcases Orson Welles’ versatility as an actor and storyteller while exploring themes of fate, guilt, and the uncanny power of art to influence reality. Each case offers a different perspective on the mysteries of human nature and the unexplained, making it a compelling and thought-provoking cinematic experience.

Credits :

  • Directed by : David Eady, George More O’Ferrall, Wendy Toye and Orson Welles
  • Written by : Sidney Carroll, Ian Dalrymple and Donald B. Wilson
  • Produced by : Ian Dalrymple andΒ Alexander Paal
  • Cinematography : Georges PΓ©rinal
  • Edited by : Gerald Turney-Smith
  • Music by : Doreen Carwithen
  • Production Company : Wessex Film Productions
  • Distributed by : London Films
  • Release Dates : 15 March 1955

Cast :

  • Orson Welles as Lord Mountdrago
  • John Gregson as Edgar Curtain (“You Killed Elizabeth” segment)
  • Elizabeth Sellars as Elizabeth (“You Killed Elizabeth” segment)
  • Emrys Jones as George Wheeler (“You Killed Elizabeth” segment)
  • Alan Badel as Owen (segment “Lord Mountdrago”) / Mr. X (segment “In the Picture”) / Harry (segment “You Killed Elizabeth”)
  • AndrΓ© Morell as Dr. Audlin (“Lord Mountdrago” segment)
  • Hugh Pryse as Jarvis (“In the Picture” segment)
  • Leueen MacGrath as Woman in the House (“In the Picture” segment)
  • Eddie Byrne as Snyder (“In the Picture” segment)
  • Helen Cherry as Lady Mountdrago (“Lord Mountdrago” segment)
  • Eamonn Andrews, Introductions
  • Peter Burton as Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs (segment “Lord Mountdrago”)
  • Philip Dale as Sgt. Mallot (segment “You Killed Elizabeth”)
  • Christina Forrest as Susan (segment “You Killed Elizabeth”)
  • Evelyn Hall as Lady Connemara (segment “Lord Mountdrago”)
  • Ann Hanslip as The Girl (segment “In the Picture”)
  • David Horne as Sir James (segment “Lord Mountdrago”)
  • John Humphry as Private Secretary (segment “Lord Mountdrago”)
  • Maurice Kaufmann as Pemberton (segment “You Killed Elizabeth”)
  • Jack Lambert as Inspector Acheson (“You Killed Elizabeth” segment)
  • Zena Marshall as Beautiful Blonde (segment “Lord Mountdrago”)
  • John Salew as Rooke (“In the Picture” segment)
  • Harry Welchman as Connoisseur (segment “In the Picture”)
  • Colette Wilde as Jane (segment “You Killed Elizabeth”)
  • Arthur Wontner as Leader of the House

Film Information Source :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Cases_of_Murder

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