Review: ‘Tower of London’

Setting the 15th-century torture devices in the London Tower amid the court intrigue of that period, Tower of London emerges as a spine-chiller with accent on gruesomeness of the several deaths depicted along the line.

Setting the 15th-century torture devices in the London Tower amid the court intrigue of that period, Tower of London emerges as a spine-chiller with accent on gruesomeness of the several deaths depicted along the line.

Reminiscence of the Frankenstein series is present here, with Boris Karloff a clubfooted and misshapen giant who is chief executioner and torturor for the conniving Basil Rathbone.

Story, based on historical fact, delves into the continual court intrigues during the reign of King Edward IV. Everyone seems to be indulging in undercover manipulations except the king, with latter’s brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Rathbone) the mainspring of a long-range plot to eventually become ruler.

Tower of London

Production

Universal. Director Rowland V. Lee; Producer Rowland V. Lee; Screenplay Robert N. Lee; Camera George Robinson; Editor Ed Curtiss; Music Charles Previn (dir.); Art Director Jack Otterson, Richard H. Riedel

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Basil Rathbone Boris Karloff Vincent Price Barbara O'Neill Ian Hunter Nan Grey

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