Nearly 60 years on, Ealing's compendium of spooky tales remains scary as hell. The best of the five stories, which we see enacted as they're related in turn by guests at a country house, are Cavalcanti's 'The Ventriloquist's Dummy', with Redgrave possessed by his deceptively lifeless little partner, and Hamer's 'The Haunted Mirror', with the splendid Withers a reluctant participant as history repeats itself; least frightening, but amusing, are Radford and Wayne as typically obsessive sporting coves in Crichton's 'Golfing Story'. Best of all, however, is the overall narrative arc, with the framing story finally taking a headlong rush into a nightmarish realm almost surreal in its weird clarity and familiarity.
Cast and crew
Robert Hamer, Basil Dearden, Charles Crichton, Alberto Cavalcanti
John Baines, Angus Macphail
Mervyn Johns Michael Redgrave Frederick Valk Googie Withers Sally Ann Howes Basil Radford Naunton Wayne Roland Culver