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Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)

Night of the Eagle (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 25 April 1962 (USA)
A woman who may be a witch defends her husband from forces attempting to harm him.

Director:

Sidney Hayers

Writers:

Fritz Leiber Jr. (novel) (as Fritz Leiber), Charles Beaumont (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Wyngarde ... Norman Taylor
Janet Blair ... Tansy Taylor
Margaret Johnston ... Flora Carr
Anthony Nicholls ... Harvey Sawtelle
Colin Gordon ... Lindsay Carr
Kathleen Byron ... Evelyn Sawtelle
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Harold Gunnison
Jessica Dunning Jessica Dunning ... Hilda Gunnison
Norman Bird ... Doctor
Judith Stott Judith Stott ... Margaret Abbott
Bill Mitchell Bill Mitchell ... Fred Jennings
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Storyline

A skeptical college professor discovers that his wife has been practicing magic for years. Like the learned, rational fellow he is, he forces her to destroy all her magical charms and protective devices, and stop that foolishness. He isn't put off by her insistence that his professional rivals are working magic against him, and her protections are necessary to his career and life. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Taglines:

You Must See It From the Beginning To Feel The Shock-Impact of the End! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burn, Witch, Burn See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A rubber plant sits in the window of the Taylor house. The common houseplant is suppose to bring good fortune and luck. See more »

Goofs

At 1:21:48, you can see the guide wire controlling the eagle. See more »

Quotes

Lindsay Carr: [Speaking of an upcoming, open promotion] You don't really deserve it, you know.
Norman Taylor: Oh?
Lindsay Carr: You've got too much already - a beautiful wife, this lovely house and that cottage by the sea. Your excellent thesis, and your ability to interest the students, now what's the answer to it all, eh? You sold your soul to the devil?
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Crazy Credits

There is no The End closing title, just a final "Do You Believe?" to conclude the film. See more »

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Another triumph for black and white British horror!
6 April 2004 | by trouserpressSee all my reviews

I've just watched this obscure little British horror. The only name I recognised in the credits was the writer Richard Matheson. But it turns out that the director was Sidney Hayers, who also directed Circus of Horrors, before he went on to direct a lot of television, including The A Team, The New Avengers and Manimal (does anyone remember that?).

The plot is a little haywire, but this is a great film. It fits into the horror sub-genre "Housewives and school teachers who get into witchcraft", along with Horror Hotel, Hammer's The Witches, Romero's Season of the Witch and many others, probably. It's got some great visuals, partly due to the very dark black and white photography, it has genuine moments of suspense and the special effects are incredible for a film of its age and low budget. It's also known as Burn, Witch, Burn, which gives it a sensationalist twist that it doesn't really need. Night of the Eagle is a much more appropriate title. I highly recommend this if you can catch it on TV or DVD!


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