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This was the first American International release to be in both color and CinemaScope.
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Final film of director Arthur Crabtree.
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Actor Graham Curnow was the lover of Victor Spinetti and used his salary from this film to buy a flat on Manchester Street in London, where they set up housekeeping.
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The VCI Entertainment DVD release promises a "European Remastered Version" running 94 minutes. The disc contains only the standard British release running 78 minutes.
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Last full length feature of Beatrice Varley.
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Herman Cohen wanted Vincent Price or Orson Welles in the lead. While he claimed they were too expensive, it is also true that by having a British star (as well as director and other crew) he could take advantage of the tax breaks provided by the Eady Levy, designed to assist film-making in Britain.
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Cost less than $400,000 to make and took about $3million.
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In his study of Sci-Fi and Horror double features, "Twice The Thrills! Twice The Chills!", Bryan Senn reports that Michael Gough found Herman Cohen very intrusive on set, both with the actors and the director. The producer made five films together and apparently held him in high regard, but still described him as "The cheaper version of Vincent Price".
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A stunt for US release by Ruth Pologe, head of AIP publicity New York, backfired. She reported that Herman Cohen had lost the actual binoculars at the airport, unwittingly sparking tabloid front-page headlines and an extensive police search costing the city a great deal of money.
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Body count 7.
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despite being second on the bill June Cunningham only has a few scenes.
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Herman Cohen claimed that every murder was based on an actual one committed in the United Kingdom. He explained that the binoculars were inspired by a case in Windsor in the late 1930s involving a spurned stable boy and his wealthy lover. However this case does not appear in any records, any more than a guillotine in bed.
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