The Tell-Tale Heart
Studio: UPA Release Date : December 27, 1953 Series: Jolly Frolics
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Synopsis

Edgar Allen Poe's classic tale of a man tormented by the sound of a heartbeat after his murdering of another.

Credits

Director

Ted Parmelee

Animator

Pat Matthews

Camera

Jack Eckes

Story

Edgar Allan Poe

Music

Boris Kremenliev

Narration

James Mason

Producer

Stephen "Steve" Bosustow

Design and Color

Paul Julian

Production Manager

Herbert "Herb" Klynn

Story Adaptation

William "Bill" Scott
Fred Grable

Distributor(s)

Columbia

Awards

Nominated for the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Short Subject

Milestones

This was the first ever cartoon to be given an X-Rating.

Video Information

VHS

United States

The Columbia Pictures Cartoon Classics

DVD

United States

The Jolly Frolics Collection

Technical Specifications

MPAA Rating: X
Running time: 7:44
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Type: Spherical
Original Language: English
Country of origin: United States

Reviews and Comments

From TibbyH :

For all those who perceive animation to be nothing but funny animals and children's entertainment, I bring you this. From UPA, a top-notch adaptation of one of literature's finest writers, "The Tell Tale Heart". This cartoon has a marvelous atmosphere with eerie backdrops with basically tell the entire story by themselves. The narration by James Mason is almost the entire reason to watch this as he gives a disturbing performance and hooks you in 'till the very end. Horror and animation fans who have not seen this NEED to watch this under appreciated masterpiece.
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History

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11/19/2013

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    Sources

    Stephen "Steve" Bosustow: Producer
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    Ted Parmelee: Director
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    Paul Julian: Design and Color
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    Pat Matthews: Animator
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    Jack Eckes: Camera
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    Herbert "Herb" Klynn: Production Manager
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    Boris Kremenliev: Music
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    James Mason: Narration
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    William "Bill" Scott: Story Adaptation
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    Fred Grable: Story Adaptation
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    Edgar Allan Poe: Story
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