The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959)

35mm, black and white, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Edward L. Cahn. Production began on 5 November 1958.

Plot Summary

When his late brother's head goes missing, Jonathan Drake learns that his family has been cursed by a tribe of South American Jivaro Indians. He seems to be next in line – and then a mysterious Indian turns up wielding a -tipped knife…


Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
© 1959 by Vogue Pictures, Inc.
Vogue Pictures presents a United Artists release
Produced by: Robert E. Kent
Written by: Orville H. Hampton
Director of Photography: Maury Gertsman
Film Editor: Edward Mann
Music: Paul Dunlap
Sound: Ben Winkler
Wardrobe Man: Einar Bourman
Wardrobe Woman: Sabine Manella
Makeup: Charles Gemora
Hairdresser: Lillian Shore
Special Effects: Rudy Stangler
Art Director: William Glasgow

Eduard Franz (Jonathan Drake)
Valerie French (Alison)
Grant Richards (Rowan)
Henry Daniell (Dr Zurich)
Lumsden Hare (Rogers)
Howard Wendell (Dr Bradford)
Paul Wexler (Zutai)
Paul Cavanagh (Kenneth Drake)

Alternative Titles

Die Vier Schädel des Jonathan Drake – West Germany

See also
White Zombie (1932)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.4 p.7
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.9 p.37
  • The Daily Cinema no.8233 (20 November 1959) p.6
  • The Dark Side no.55 pp.25-26 – credits, review
  • Fangoria no.244 (June 2005) p.81 – illustrated DVD review (DVD Dungeon by Matthew Kiernan)
  • The Film Daily vol.115 no.93 (15 May 1959) p.7
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.152 no.22 (7 November 1958) p.11
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.154 no.50 (11 May 1959) p.3
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.27 no.312 (January 1960) p.8 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.215 no.13 (27 June 1959) p.317
  • Variety 13 May 1959


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.119
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.141 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.182
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.229-230 – credits, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.147 – credits
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.430-431 – illustrated review (by Martin Dallard)
  • The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia by Peter Dendle p.67-68