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Tower of London

Synopsis
Feature film. Richard III interpreted as an historical costume drama/horror film with much emphasis on the torture methods used by Mord (a Buckingham equivalent). There are no direct references to Shakespeare.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1939
Duration
92 mins; 8,311 feet

Credits

Director
Rowland L. Lee
Cinematographer
George Robinson (2)
Screenplay
Robert N. Lee
Music
Frank Skinner (2)
Cast
Ian HunterEdward IV (King Edward IV)
Vincent PriceDuke of Clarence (George, Duke of Clarence)
Barbara O’NeillQueen Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth)
Basil RathboneRichard III (Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard)
Boris KarloffMord, the Executioner (Duke of Buckingham)
Miles ManderHenry VI

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Richard III
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); horror films

Notes

Notes
Available on dvd from amazon.com as part of The BORIS KARLOFF COLLECTION. TOWER OF LONDON (1962) is available for sale through the usual retail outlets.
General
The film was remade in 1962 directed by Roger Corman with Vincent Price as Richard.

Production Company

Name

Universal Pictures

Email
enquiriesuk@nbcuni.com
Web
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Address
1 Central Saint Giles
St Giles High Street
London
WC2H 8NU

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
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Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.com

Web
http://www.amazon.com External site opens in new window

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