The Black Room

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The Black Room

prophecy arranged marriage castle ruling class twin brother torture chamber class differences lust twins dog hedonism impersonation fratricide framed for murder 16th century gothic romance sealed room

The Black Room

Release Date: July 15, 1935

Year    :   1935
Slogan    :   «Dead or Alive... He could kill!»
Genres    :   Crime, Horror, Thriller
Production Companies    :   Columbia Pictures
Director    :   Roy William Neill
Producers    :   
Writers    :   Henry Myers, Arthur Strawn, Arthur Strawn
RunTime    :   70 mins.

In a 16th-century European town, the ruling family has been given a prophecy that, should there ever be twin boys born, the younger will murder the older; so is dismayed when twins are born to the popular baron. The older grows to be a selfish, slovenly man, who inherits the castle at his father's death and becomes ruler over the formerly happy villagers. He enjoys his power until he learns his younger brother is returning from abroad and, afraid of the prophecy, he determines to murder his sibling, hide his body in the "black room" - an old torture chamber sealed away behind the fireplace - and then impersonate him, right down to his withered arm. In this way he hopes to not only avoid the prophecy, but also escape consequences of his other criminal deeds and obtain marriage to a local girl of the nobility...

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