Approved | | Drama, Horror
Architect Walter Craig (Mervyn Johns) senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales.
What Sally is told of Francis Kent being murdered by his sister is based on true events. Francis (aged nearly four-years-old) was murdered at Road Hill House in 1860. His half-sister Constance (sixteen at the time of the murder) was arrested and put on trial in 1865. After serving twenty years in jail, she was released and emigrated to Australia, where she died at the age of one hundred, only one year before the release of this movie. In 2008, author Kate Summerscale released a book titled "The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher", with the theory that Constance had either not acted alone or had falsely confessed to shield another member of the family. There was also a movie based on the book, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House (2011).
Ah! Walter Craig?
Walter Craig: How do you do? You're Eliot Foley.
Eliot Foley: That's right. So glad you were able to come, let's have your bag.
Eliot Foley: We'll put the car away afterwards. You know it struck me after I'd telephoned you, rather a cheek on my part asking a busy architect ...
As Peter Cortland stands looking into the mirror his wife-to-be has bought him, the stripes on his tie run from his left side, down to his right. A reverse shot shows the stripes on his tie running in the same direction; obviously not a mirror image.
The UK release is 105 minutes long and features five stories (The Hearse Driver, The Christmas Party, The Haunted Mirror, The Golfing Story, and The Ventriloquist's Dummy). When originally released in the USA, two of the stories (The Christmas Party and The Golfing Story), were removed to shorten the film to 77-minutes. Later reissues and television version reinstated the missing segments.