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Mr. Sardonicus (1961)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 12 February 1962 (Denmark)
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A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more ... See full summary »

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Ray Russell (screenplay), Ray Russell (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ronald Lewis ... Sir Robert Cargrave
Audrey Dalton ... Baroness Maude Sardonicus
Guy Rolfe ... Baron Sardonicus / Marek Toleslawski
Oskar Homolka ... Krull (as Oscar Homolka)
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Henryk Toleslawski
Erika Peters ... Elenka Toleslawski
Lorna Hanson Lorna Hanson ... Anna
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Storyline

A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more grotesque results! The audience gets an opportunity to vote--via the "Punishment Poll"--for the penalty Sardonicus must pay for his deeds... Written by M.E. Nelson

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The Only Picture With the Punishment Poll! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1962 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Der unheimliche Mr. Sardonicus See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Sir Robert first arrives at Castle Sardonicus, the castle is in view in the background. The lighted windows make the castle look like a skull. See more »

Goofs

In 1880, the Baroness talks of a "fascinating writer" Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle did not publish his first minor work until 1883, and was not well-known until the publication of the first Sherlock Holmes story - "A Study in Scarlet" in 1887. See more »

Quotes

Baron Sardonicus: Good morning, Madam.
Maude Sardonicus: Good morning.
Baron Sardonicus: May I come in?
Maude Sardonicus: Well, I...
Baron Sardonicus: Do not worry. I'm not a man who's affectionate in the morning hours.
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Alternate Versions

The film was initially refused a UK cinema certificate by the BBFC, and only passed 4 months later after considerable pre-cuts which included shots of Sardonicus' face and the entire leech torture of Anna. The 1996 Encore VHS release was complete and uncut. See more »

Connections

Featured in Clive Barker: Raising Hell (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Foggy, Foggy Dew
(English folk song)
Sung by Ronald Lewis
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User Reviews

 
Okay when I was young I saw this movie
4 November 2000 | by smidget28See all my reviews

And it scared the hell out of me.

The face is just too smiley for even the cheeriest of folks.

I was scared out of my wits by this black and white movie...most adults would probably find funny. So, decide for yourself.


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