On this day in 1849, the great American writer Edgar Allan Poe met a strange death in Baltimore. If you recall, Poe was discovered, either in a state of delirium or unconscious (accounts differ) and apparently wearing someone else’s tattered clothes, outside a tavern. He was taken to a hospital where he remained, unable to explain what had happened to him, until he died. (Wikipedia breaks down the strange circumstances surrounding his death pretty well.)
To mark the admittedly grim occasion, we are highlighting today the 1953 animated film version of Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” narrated by James Mason. Upon its release, the film was given a bizarre reception. In the UK, the British Board of Film Censors gave the film an “x” rating, deeming it unsuitable for adult audiences. Meanwhile, “The Tell-Tale Heart” was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in the US, though it ultimately lost to a Disney production. The film runs a short 7:24, and now appears in our collection of Free Movies Online.
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