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Bonfire scene borrowed from Hangover Square


I can't remember which movie I saw first, but I do remember a feeling of surprise and recognition, when realizing that I had seen an almost identical sequence in a different movie.
In Twentieth Century Fox's Hangover Square, deranged composer Laird Cregar disguises the body of his murdered would-be lover, Linda Darnell, as a Guy Fawkes dummy, and carries it to the top of a bonfire with the other " Guys", to be burned as a crowd of revelers cheers and dances around it.
In Fox's The Mad Magician, filmed about ten years later, Vincent Price puts the body of a victim ( ex-wife? former boss?) on top of a bonfire, as a crowd cheers him on, the corpse disguised as a football player of the rival team, it being the big game of Yale versus Harvard circa 1900, or something like that.

Both movies were directed by John Brahm, for the same studio, and I wonder who thought up the idea of using the same plot device. Could it have been Brahm himself?

Fox also remade The Lodger as Man in the Attic, about ten years later, re-using the same music and dialogue as the Laird Cregar original. Maybe they just had a good sense of surefire audience pleasing stories, or were clever at re-using older material for economic reasons.

This movie doesn't seem to be available anywhere, but it would be fun to own. I remember starting to watch it on the late show when I was a kid, and my mother made me turn it off when it got to the part about Vincent Price beheading a former boss, and then looking for the satchel containing the head, that someone else had picked up by mistake. It was years before I got to see the entire movie.

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The only reason I want to see this movie is my great uncle plays the landlord..I have never seen this movie until today oct 31 2010,

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I take it that you're referring to Jay Novello? He's long been one of my favorite character actors, ever since I was as kid and saw him a few times on 77 Sunset Strip.

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One slight correction - Hangover Square was a 20th Century-Fox film, this is a Columbia film. But it is a hybrid of the earlier Brahm film and House of Wax, using the latter's star, producer and screenwriter.



It ain't easy being green, or anything else, other than to be me

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You are quite right
The scene where "Mr. Jamieson" rents the attic room, Jamiesons dialogue is word for word quoted from the Laird Cregar version of "The Lodger"

This film pays homage to so many other films.

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