Three Cases of Murder

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Three Cases of Murder
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Directed by David Eady
George More O'Ferrall
Wendy Toye
Orson Welles ;;(uncredited)
Produced by Ian Dalrymple
Alexander Paal
Written by Sidney Carroll
Ian Dalrymple
Donald B. Wilson
Starring Alan Badel
Orson Welles
John Gregson
André Morell
Music by Doreen Carwithen
Cinematography Georges Périnal
Wessex Film Productions
Distributed by London Films
Release dates
15 March 1955 (US)
May 1955 '(UK)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Three Cases of Murder is a 1955 British omnibus film comprising three stories: "The Picture," "You Killed Elizabeth," and "Lord Mountdrago." Eamonn Andrews introduces each. Alan Badel appears in all three.[1]


Main cast

Supporting cast

  • Peter Burton as Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs (segment "Lord Mountdrago")
  • Philip Dale as Sgt. Mallot (segment "You Killed Elizabeth")
  • Christina Forrest as Susan (segment "You Killed Elizabeth")
  • Evelyn Hall as Lady Connemara (segment "Lord Mountdrago")
  • Ann Hanslip as The Girl (segment "In the Picture")
  • David Horne as Sir James (segment "Lord Mountdrago")
  • John Humphry as Private Secretary (segment "Lord Mountdrago")
  • Maurice Kaufmann as Pemberton (segment "You Killed Elizabeth")
  • Jack Lambert as Inspector Acheson ("You Killed Elizabeth" segment)
  • Zena Marshall as Beautiful Blonde (segment "Lord Mountdrago")
  • John Salew as Rooke ("The Picture" segment)
  • Harry Welchman as Connoisseur (segment "In the Picture")
  • Colette Wilde as Jane (segment "You Killed Elizabeth")
  • Arthur Wontner as Leader of the House (segment "Lord Mountdrago")

Uncredited/Cameo cast

  • Patrick Macnee as Guard Subaltern
  • Marc Sheldon as Man in Background\


The first and third stories deal with the supernatural. In the first, "The Picture," a museum worker enters one of the pictures in a gallery. In the second, "You Killed Elizabeth," two friends fall in love with the same woman; she is murdered by one of them. In the third, "Lord Mountdrago," a politician seeks revenge on a political opponent by entering his dreams.

Wendy Toye directed "The Picture"; David Eady, "You Killed Elizabeth"; and George More O'Ferrall, "Lord Mountdrago." [2]

Orson Welles received top billing, but he appears only in "Lord Mountdrago." According to Patrick Macnee, who had a supporting role, Welles began making suggestions to director George More O'Ferrall throughout the first day of filming, and by the third day he had taken over the direction of the entire segment.[3]


The presence of Orson Welles in the cast meant the film was released in the US before the UK.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 John Hamilton, The British Independent Horror Film 1951-70 Hemlock Books 2013 p 24-27
  2. The Times, "Three Cases Of Murder" Film Short Stories 16 May 1955
  3. Patrick Macnee, Blind in One Ear (London, 1988)

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