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Tower of London (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Horror | 24 October 1962 (USA)
The twisted Richard III is haunted by the ghosts of those he has murdered in his attempt to become the King of England.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Leo Gordon (story) (as Leo V, Gordon), F. Amos Powell (story) (as Amos Powell) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Richard of Gloucester
Michael Pate ... Sir Ratcliffe
Joan Freeman ... Lady Margaret
Robert Brown ... Sir Justin
Bruce Gordon ... Earl of Buckingham
Joan Camden Joan Camden ... Anne
Richard Hale ... Tyrus
Sandra Knight ... Mistress Shore
Charles Macaulay Charles Macaulay ... George, Duke of Clarence
Justice Watson Justice Watson ... Edward IV
Sarah Selby ... Queen
Donald Losby Donald Losby ... Prince Richard
Sara Taft Sara Taft ... Richard's mother
Eugene Mazzola ... Edward V (as Eugene Martin)
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Storyline

On the death of his brother King Edward IV, Richard of Gloucester conspires to get the throne for himself. The late King had two young sons, his heir, Edward V and the younger Prince Richard, but they are not of age and so names his other brother, Clarence as Lord Protector of the Realm. Gloucester soon kills his younger brother but is haunted by his ghost and what he has done. As he continues to kill those around him, Gloucester is haunted by those he has betrayed hearing voices and slowly descending into madness. He spreads rumors that the late King's two sons are illegitimate and therefore not eligible to ascend to the throne. He assassinates the young princes and is crowned King Richard III. The ghosts from his past have the final say however. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La torre de Londres See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Vincent Price appeared as the Duke of Clarence in the original version released by Universal Pictures Tower of London (1939). See more »

Goofs

When Richard pushes the freshly murdered Clarence into the vat, you can see Clarence take a deep breath and hold it, just prior to being submerged. See more »

Quotes

Mistress Shore: [as a ghost, showing the whip lashes on her bare back to Richard of Gloucester] Wouldn't you rather look at my back? Is it not attractive as a woman's back should be?
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Shakespeare by way of Corman and Poe
28 October 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

23 years before when Universal Pictures made Tower Of London, Vincent Price was featured as the luckless Duke Of Clarence who was as legend has it drowned in a vat of Malmsey wine. In 1962 Price took center stage in this Roger Corman adaption of the Richard III story. No flowery Shakespearean dialog here, this is a prose adaption heavily influenced by Edgar Allan Poe.

Price plays Richard III as Shakespeare has sent him to us through history as an evil monster and child killer. The film follows along the lines of the adaption done by Universal in 1939 with Basil Rathbone as Richard.

Unlike the Rathbone version, the character of Richard's wife Anne Neville. Left out was Richard's own child and when they both died and he had no direct successor his fate was sealed. Anne Neville is played by Joan Camden and while he never murdered her, she too haunts him after she's gone.

Richard leaves quite a bloody trail on his way to power, but he's haunted by his victims, images of the beating tell tale heart like apparitions. They haunt him, but they sure don't deter him.

Price does a good job with Richard and his performance certainly rates behind Laurence Olivier in the Shakespearean adaption and also that of Rathbone. I'm surprised he never opted for the Shakespeare play as a project.


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