The Tell-Tale Heart (1934)

UK, 1934
49m, 4469 feet, 1363 metres
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Desmond Hurst.


* = uncredited

Director: Desmond Hurst
Clifton-Hurst Productions
Producer: Harry Clifton *
Scenario: Desmond Hurst
Adaptation: David Plunkett Greene
Story: by Edgar Allan Poe
Directors of Photography: Van Der Horst, Cooper, Blakeley
Editor: Vernon J. Clancey
Music Director: John Reynders
Music Recordist: Harry Sheridan
Special Sound Effects: Denis Cantlay
Art Director: David Plunkett Greene
Studio: Blattner Studios, London, England, UK

Norman Dryden (the boy)
John Kelt (the old man)
Yolande Terrell (the girl)
Thomas Shenton (1st investigator)
James Fleck (2nd investigator)
H. Vasher (asylum superintendent)
Colonel Cameron (doctor)

Alternative Titles

Bucket of Blood – USA



  • Cinema – Film Booking and Ready Reference Guide 2nd Quarter 1934 p.18 – note
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.1405 (22 March 1934) – review
  • Picturegoer vol.4 no.167 (4 August 1934) p.24 – review


  • After Dracula: The 1930s Horror Film by Alison Peirse pp.3, 105, 123
  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.158 – credits, synopsis
  • Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them by Ron Backer p.35 – note
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.24, 29, 29-30
  • by Walt Lee p.480 – credits