The Black Castle

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The Black Castle
Original film poster
Directed by Nathan H. Juran
Produced by William Alland
Screenplay by Jerry Sackheim
Story by Jerry Sackheim
Starring Richard Greene
Boris Karloff
Stephen McNally
Rita Corday
Lon Chaney Jr.
Cinematography Irving Glassberg
Edited by Russel F. Schoengarth
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • December 25, 1952 (1952-12-25) (New York City)
Running time
82 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Black Castle is a 1952 American film noir thriller horror film directed by Nathan H. Juran starring Richard Greene, Boris Karloff, Stephen McNally, Rita Corday and Lon Chaney Jr.. It was produced by William Alland, who would have better success two years later with Creature from the Black Lagoon. The film was made in the United States but premiered in Sweden.[1]


Sir Ronald Burton (Greene), a British gentleman, investigates the disappearance of two of his friends at the Austrian estate of the sinister Count von Bruno (McNally). Bruno secretly seeks revenge against the leaders of a British force that set the natives against him in colonial Africa: Burton's missing friends are among Bruno's victims, and Burton is now also in the trap. Burton plans to escape with Bruno's abused Countess, but the Count's henchmen bar the way.


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The Black Castle currently holds a three star rating (6.4/10) on IMDb.

Home media release[edit]

This film, along with Night Key, Tower of London, The Climax and The Strange Door, was released on DVD in 2006 by Universal Studios as part of The Boris Karloff Collection.


  1. ^ Stephen Jacobs, Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster, Tomohawk Press 2011 p 359-360

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