The Burning Court


1h 53m 1963

Film Details

Also Known As
I peccatori della foresta nera, La chambre ardente
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 31 Jul 1963
Production Company
International Productions; Laura Cinematografica; Mondex Films; Taurus Cinematografica; UFA Comacico
Distribution Company
Trans-Lux Distributing Corp.
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Burning Court by John Dickson Carr (New York, 1959).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

According to legend there is a curse on the ancient castle of the Desgrèz family. Years before, the mistress of one of their ancestors was accused of witchcraft; and when she was burned at the stake, she cursed her lover and his descendants. Now living at the castle is Mathias Desgrèz, an ailing eccentric who is a student of black magic and sorcery. Visiting the old man are his two bickering nephews, Stéphane and Marc, and the latter's wife, Lucie. Also present are mystery writer Michel Boissard and his wife, Marie. On the night of a costume ball the housekeeper sees a shadowy figure, which she believes to be Lucie, give a drink to Mathias. The next morning the old man is found dead from poisoning, and Lucie becomes the chief suspect since she and Marc are the beneficiaries of Mathias' will. It is then disclosed that Mathias' nurse, Myra, is Marc's mistress and that she has been administering cumulative doses of arsenic to Mathias but was not responsible for the final, lethal drink. The two lovers quarrel violently over the sudden turn of events, and Marc drowns Myra. Though Marc confesses to his crime, the murder of Mathias remains unsolved.

Film Details

Also Known As
I peccatori della foresta nera, La chambre ardente
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 31 Jul 1963
Production Company
International Productions; Laura Cinematografica; Mondex Films; Taurus Cinematografica; UFA Comacico
Distribution Company
Trans-Lux Distributing Corp.
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Burning Court by John Dickson Carr (New York, 1959).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 53m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Released in West Germany as Das brennende Gericht in February 1962; running time: 113 min; opened in Paris in March 1962 as La chambre ardente; running time: 110 min; released in Italy as I peccatori della foresta nera.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer July 31, 1963

Released in United States Summer July 31, 1963