Watch the 1953 Animation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” Narrated by James Mason

Back by popular demand, and certainly the right video for today’s holiday — 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.

And then we have another small Halloween treat — your favorite actor, Christopher Walken, reading another classic Poe story, The Raven. It’s now added to our collection of Free Audio Books, and don’t miss other readings by Walken right below.

Christopher Walken Reads “The Three Little Pigs”

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  1. Lisa Emig says . . . | November 1, 2011 / 10:57 am

    I’d like to hear Kevin Spacey as Christopher Walken narrate The Tell Tale Heart.

  2. Bob Etch says . . . | October 12, 2012 / 11:40 am

    Episode of The Cat Show – Christopher Pawkin

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL8eiQu6YsE&feature=plcp

  3. amy fields says . . . | May 27, 2013 / 3:07 am

    I think you have made a typing error in the following: “in the UK, the British Board of Film Censors gave the film an “x” rating, deeming it unsuitable for adult audiences” An “X” rating in the UK means unsuitable for children, not unsuitable for adults. People had to be over 18 to watch an “X” rated film in those days.

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