The classic 1961 Columbia macabre thriller was directed by the legendary master of macabre cinema, William Castle. Many of Castle’s iconic productions include “Macabre” (1958), “House on Haunted Hill” (1959, with Vincent Price), “The Tingler” (1959, with Price), “13 Ghosts” (1960, with Charles Herbert), “Homicidal” (1961, with Glenn Corbett), “Zotz!” (1962), “Strait-Jacket” (1964, with Joan Crawford), “The Night Walker” (1964, with Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor) and “I Saw What You Did” (1965, with Crawford).
The screenplay for Castle’s 1961 macabre thriller was written by Ray Russell. Russell’s screenplay was based off of his original short thriller story for Playboy Magazine, according to film historian Clive Hirschorn and his retrospective book on Columbia Pictures, “The Columbia Story.” One year later, Russell wrote the screenplay for Castle’s Columbia fantasy production; “Zotz!” (1962, according to IMDB).
This will mark Sven’s third big broadcast presentation of “Mr. Sardonicus” (1961) from coast-to-coast on Me-TV. He previously aired the 1961 Castle-Columbia macabre thriller classic back in April 2018 and Nov. 2018.
Who was in William Castle’s “Mr. Sardonicus” (1961)?
The players who appeared in Castle’s 1961 Columbia macabre screen thriller were Guy Rolfe (in the dual roles of Baron Sardonicus and Marek Toleslawski), Oscar Homolka (as Krull; Homolka previously appeared in the role of Blackie in Universal’s 1940 “Invisible” franchise feature, “The Invisible Woman”), Audrey Dalton (as Baroness Maude Sardonicus; Dalton previously appeared in Jean Negulesco’s 1953 Twentieth Century Fox adaptation of “Titanic” and in Norman Z. McLeod’s 1954 Bob Hope–Joan Fontaine–Basil Rathbone Paramount comedy, “Casanova’s Big Night”), Lorna Hanson (as Anna), Ronald Lewis (as Sir Robert Cargrave), Erika Peters (as Elenka Toleslawski), Vladimir Sokoloff (as Henryk Toleslawski) and cameo screen appearances by William Castle.