The Black Castle (1952)

35mm film, black and white
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Nathan Juran.

Plot Summary

Sir Ronald Burton investigates the disappearance of two of his friends at the Austrian estate of Count von Bruno who is secretly taking his revenge against the British military leaders force that he feels betrayed him in Africa.


Directed by: Nathan Juran
Copyright MCMLII [1952] Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal-International presents a Universal-International picture
Produced by: William Alland
Story and Screenplay by: Jerry Sackheim
Assistant Director: William Holland
Director of Photography: Irving Glassberg
Film Editor: Russell Schoengarth
Musical Direction: Joseph Gershenson
Stock Music: Paul Dessau, William Lava, Charles Previn, Milton Rosen, Hans J. Salter, Paul Sawtell, Frank Skinner [all uncredited]
Sound: Leslie I. Carey, Joe Lapis
Western Electric Recording
Costumes: Bill Thomas
Make-up: Bud Westmore
Hair Stylist: Joan St. Oegger
Special Photography: David S. Horsley
Art Direction: Bernard Herzbrun, Alfred Sweeney
Set Decorations: Russell A. Gausman, Oliver Emert
Dance Director: Hal Belfer

Richard Greene (Sir Ronald Burton/Richard Beckett)
Boris Karloff (Doctor Meissen)
Stephen McNally (Count Karl von Bruno)
Paula Corday (Countess Elga von Bruno)
Lon Chaney (Gargon)
John Hoyt (Count Steiken)
Michael Pate (Count Ernst von Melcher)
Nancy Valentine (Therese Von Wilk)
Tudor Owen (Romley)
Henry Corden (Fender)
Otto Waldis (Krantz)
Roy Engel *
Paul Maxey [Rainer – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Levende begravet – Danish title
Il mistero del castello nero – Italian title
Das Schwarze Schloß – Austrian/German title


Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror by Michael Mallory p.190 – note
Universal Terrors 1951-1955: Eight Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Films by Tom Weaver with David Schecter, Robert J. Kiss and Steve Kronenberg pp.52-87 – illustrated credits, synopsis, production notes
by Walt Lee p.36 – credits