The Fall of the House of Usher (NBC Matinee Theater) (1956)

A dramatic television adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's famous tale of terror.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 30, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1956
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)

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Total Count: 30


User Ratings: 8,712
It's not precisely the Edgar Allan Poe short story that emerges in House of Usher, but it's a reasonably diverting and handsomely mounted variation. Full Review
Aug 18, 2008
Rating: 8/10 -- Weird and a touch silly, but despite being a B-picture made by a B-studio, neither Roger Corman nor Richard Matheson treat the film as a disposable drive-in time-waster. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
Oct 8, 2011
Rating: 3/4 -- This film set the template for the Poe-Corman-Price series with its literate script, Corman's effective direction, Price's immersive emoting and brilliant employment of light and color. Full Review
Creative Loafing
Oct 31, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- Lavishly produced and visually gorgeous (thanks to the atmospheric photography of Floyd Crosby), Corman's gothic creepfest is still scary after all these years. Full Review
Radio Times
Oct 7, 2013
The film is riddled with strangeness and decay, which more than compensate for its clunky moments. Full Review
Oct 7, 2013
A celebrated short story by Edgar Allan Poe has been considerably changed and expanded in its transition to the screen. It emerges nonetheless as a horror film better than the recent average in that department... Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Dec 2, 2019
Corman's filmmaking runs on unchanneled energy and apocalyptic emotions; his is an art without craft. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Sep 25, 2007

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Edgar Allan Poe's most famous tale of terror unfolds on live television with stellar performances from Tom Tryon and Marshall Thompson in this, the 198th episode of "NBC Matinee Theater," first broadcast in 1956. This ambitious series aired five plays a week, all shot in color to promote an amazing new invention, color TV. Between 1955 to 1958, over 600 episodes were produced, mostly live, with such tight budgets, that the directors often had to decorate their own sets.

In 1958, two years after this remarkable live performance in "The Fall Of The House of Usher," handsome leading man Tom Tryon rose to fame as "Texas" John Slaughter in the popular Disney television series. Sci-Fi buffs remember him for I Married A Monster From Outer Space (1958) but his greatest role was starring in the 1963 Otto Preminger blockbuster, The Cardinal. He quit acting in 1969 and followed his dream, writing horror novels, three of which became best sellers and were eventually produced as movies, most notably The Other (1971).

Journeyman actor Marshall Thompson was no stranger to the horror genre with appearances in 1958's It! The Terror From Beyond Space and Fiend Without A Face as well as First Man Into Space the following year. His busy career continued in television with, most notably, his starring roles in the series "World Of Giants" and "Daktari."

Product Description:

FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, Edgar Allan Poe's macabre tale of family curses, premature burial, and horrible revenge, was adapted for television in 1958. Marshall Thompson plays the tormented Roderick Usher, whose sister has died under mysterious circumstances. Upon the arrival of her fiancee (Tom Tryon), the girl literally returns from the grave to wreak havoc. Produced by Albert McCreery and directed by Robert Esson, this version of FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER was originally presented April 28, 1958 on the daily live TV anthology series MATINEE THEATRE. A color kinescope of the production was later syndicated as part of a package titled CAMEO THEATER.


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The Fall 0f The House Of Usher Movie Lover: from EASTON, PA US -- May, 18, 2018

Good Movie to watch but this Version was Poor on my High Def.Tv kind of Blurry at times or had Foggy look to it also...

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  • Sales Rank: 23,376
  • UPC: 089218685292
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