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Suspense - A Cask of Amontillado

episode 2.6

USA 1949
produced by
Robert Stevens for CBS
directed by Robert Stevens
starring Bela Lugosi, Romney Brent, Frank Marth, Ray Walston
screenplay by Halsted Welles, based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe

TV-series
Suspense

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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When Mussolini came to power in Italy, Fortunato (Bela Lugosi), a simple stableboy but party member, seized the opportunity to take over his master Count Montressor's (Romney Brent) castle - but to humiliate the Count, he let him stay in the stableboy's quarters while forcing him to givwe him his sister's hand in marriage. However, eventually, Fortunato, now a general, became tired of the Count's sister and had her die in an accident, while he already started to romance Fortunato's wife, taking her to Rome with him when he went there. Montressor was clever enough to try and get a divorce from his wife, but somehow it didn't work out, and thus one day Fortunato shows up at the Count's castle - which the Count had reclaimed for himself in the meantime - again to kill him. However, Fortunato takes to drinking a bit, and can't resist an invitation to the castle's vast vine cellars to taste of the Count's newly acquired cask of Amontillado. Instead of giving his guest to drink however, Montressor uses his guest's dizziness to overcome him, chain him up and wall him in. Then the Count flees to Switzerland to later work for the Italian underground - and it's not until the end of the war that he confesses his crime to the police ...

 

Some elements of this Edgar Allan Poe-adaptation work extremely well - like setting the story during the second World War -, others less so (like the story's less than perfect buildup), but a great cast (including Bela Lugosi ina  rather atypical role) make up for the show's shortcomings and budgetary limitations (some of the sets are ridiculously cheaply done) and make it totally worthwhile.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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