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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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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)
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Jarvis ("The Picture" segment)
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Woman in the House ("In the Picture" segment)
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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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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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Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs (segment "Lord Mountdrago"): Brilliant man Montdrago, isn't he?
Leader of the House (segment "Lord Mountdrago"): Brilliant but insufferable.
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Version of W. Somerset Maugham: Lord Mountdrago (1969) See more »

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Shepperton's Tricksy Trio.
8 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Eamonn Andrews is the link man for two tales of supernatural suspense and one murder mystery.

In the first segment, titled In The Picture, an art gallery guide is lured into a macabre house painting by the artist and finds himself at the mercy of the residents who dwell there. In the second segment, titled You Killed Elizabeth, two friends fall in love with the same woman and when she is murdered it's obvious one of them did it. But which one? The final segment, titled Lord Mountdrago, The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs ruins the career of an opponent in Parliament and finds the man appearing in his dreams enacting retribution.

As is always the case with anthologies, the quality of stories is mixed, with here the middle section being the one that is pretty standard fare. No such problem with the other two stories though.

The first one is very creepy, even bordering on the terrifying as the tale reaches its conclusion. Once the story reaches the insides of the house in the painting, we are treated to a trio of odd characters living in a house that instantly conjures up images of horror. Ramshackle and creaky, director Wendy Toye further enhances the discord by using canted angles and personalised framing. An excellent story. Starring Hugh Pryse, Alan Badel and Eddie Byrne.

The third tale is considerably boosted by Orson Welles giving bluster to the story written by W. Somerset Maugham. Not without genuine moments of humour, it never reaches scary heights but always it feels off-kilter, the revenge dream attack angle devilish and the production has good quality about it. Very good. Alan Badel co-stars and although the three stories are not related, he is the constant actor in all three. Grand old British trilogy. 8/10


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