A frustrated thriller writer wants accurate crimes for his next book so he hypnotizes his assistant to make him commit the required crimes.


Arthur Crabtree


Herman Cohen (original story), Aben Kandel (original story) | 2 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Gough ... Edmond Bancroft
June Cunningham ... Joan Berkley
Graham Curnow ... Rick
Shirley Anne Field ... Angela Banks (as Shirley Ann Field)
Geoffrey Keen ... Supt. Graham
Gerald Andersen Gerald Andersen ... Dr. Ballan
John Warwick John Warwick ... Insp. Lodge
Beatrice Varley ... Aggie
Austin Trevor ... Commissioner Wayne
Malou Pantera ... Peggy - Gail's Roommate
Howard Greene Howard Greene ... Tom Rivers
Dorinda Stevens ... Gail Dunlap
Stuart Saunders Stuart Saunders ... Strength-Test Barker
Hilda Barry Hilda Barry ... Woman in Hall
Nora Gordon Nora Gordon ... Woman in Hall


A frustrated thriller writer wants accurate crimes for his next book so he hypnotizes his assistant to make him commit the required crimes. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Herman Cohen wanted Vincent Price or Orson Welles in the lead. While he claimed they were too expensive, it is also true that by having a British star (as well as director and other crew) he could take advantage of the tax breaks provided by the Eady Levy, designed to assist film-making in Britain. See more »


Bancroft: No woman can hold her tongue. They're a vicious, unreliable breed!
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Alternate Versions

The "Hypno-Vista" segment was removed from American International's television release prints. See more »

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A Silly Unbelievable Plot Topped Only by Bad Acting
16 December 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I saw this as a child. The opening scene where a young innocent woman uses a pair of gift binoculars. As she looks through the eyepieces, spikes come shooting out, through her eyes and into her brain, killing her. Apparently, there have been a series of murders of women that the police have been unable to solve. A journalist who writes about gruesome murders harasses the police over their perceived incompetence. He is anathema to the authorities, but they don't have anything they can prove. He has a partner, a young man who follows his every wish, and they have their own black museum, which is a place where weapons used in murders and serious crimes are displayed. As things progressed, there are more and more hideous events. The journalist is always there when things happen. The ending is when it all falls apart. While the movie is good to look at, there isn't much to recommend this.

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Release Date:

31 May 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime au musée des horreurs See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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