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Tower Of London (1939)
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03.24.09

Tower Of London (1939) In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne, then occupied by his brother King Edward IV of England. As each murder is accomplished he takes particular delight in removing small figurines, each resembling one of the successors, from a throne-room dollhouse, until he alone remains. After the death of Edward he becomes Richard III, King of England, and need only defeat the exiled Henry Tudor to retain power.

Title: Tower Of London
Release Date: November 17, 1939
Runtime: 92 mins
Genre: Drama
All Genres: Drama, History, Horror
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Brimstone Pit Rating: 7.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With T

MPAA Rating: TV-PG

Director(s):
Rowland V. Lee

Cast:
Basil Rathbone ...Richard - Duke of Gloucester
Boris Karloff ...Mord
Barbara O'Neil ...Queen Elyzabeth
Ian Hunter ...King Edward IV
Vincent Price ...Duke of Clarence
Nan Grey ...Lady Alice Barton
Ernest Cossart ...Tom Clink
John Sutton ...John Wyatt
Leo G. Carroll ...Lord Hastings
Miles Mander ...King Henry VI
Lionel Belmore ...Beacon - a Chamberlain
Rose Hobart ...Anne Neville
Ronald Sinclair ...Boy King Edward
John Herbert Bond ...Boy Prince Richard
Ralph Forbes ...Henry Tudor
Frances Robinson ...Duchess Isobel
G.P. Huntley ...Prince of Wales
John Rodion ...Lord Devere
Walter Tetley ...Chimney Sweep
Donnie Dunagan ...Baby Prince Richard
Ernie Adams ...Thirsty Prisoner
Richard Alexander ...2nd Gate Guard Greeting Tom Clink
Harry A. Bailey ...Councilman
Reginald Barlow ...Sherriff
Ted Billings ...Beggar
Stanley Blystone ...First Gate Guard Greeting Tom Clink
Ed Brady ...Beggar
Louise Brien ...Lady in Waiting
Howard Brooks ...Cardinal
Georgia Caine ...Dowager

» [more cast members]

Producer(s):
Rowland V. Lee

Writer(s):
Robert N. Lee

Composer(s):
Frank Skinner

Movie Quote(s):
  • Mord: [to Richard] You're more than a king, more than a man. You're a god to me!
Movie Trivia:
  • Basil Rathbone was forced, due to scheduling conflicts, to simultaneously work on Rio (1939) during the first week of production. Rathbone's assignment on this film also effectively prevented him from being cast on the far more prestigious The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) at RKO.
  • Production wrapped on 4 September 1939, 10 days and nearly $80,000 over budget.
  • After a preview screening in November, 1939, studio heads were alarmed that the score contained nothing but period music and ordered a new score be written. Time considerations ultimately prevented this, with Frank Skinner cobbling together pieces from his score from Son of Frankenstein (1939). Only pieces of the original score survived the final cut.
  • The battle scenes were an ordeal to film. Principally shot on August 19, 1939 at a ranch in Tarzana, the fog machine proved ineffective in the face of high winds. The 100-degree heat caused the 300 extras to suffer and rain machines caused the soldier's cardboard helmets and shields to disintegrate. Additional battle scenes were shot on August 22 and on September 4, 1939, but the California heat continued to play havoc with the cast, crew and equipment.
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Keywords:
Murder, Executioner, Brother, Drowning, Battle  ...[more]


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