Tower of London

1939

Drama / History

125
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 83%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 62%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 1

Synopsis


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Cast

Basil Rathbone as Reggis Oliver
Frank Hagney as Soldier
Leo G. Carroll as Lord Hastings
Ronald Sinclair as Boy King Edward
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853.48 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
92 min
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1.55 GB
1920×1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
92 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 5 / 10 / 10

Amazingly ordinary and uninvolving

I was extremely surprised how ordinary and dull this film was considering it starred Basil Rathbone and Boris Karloff (who had both just starred in a Frankenstein movie together). While I wasn't sure if it was going to be a horror film (it really wasn't), I sure expected a lot more from it than it delivered. Instead of excitement, it offered a muddled and uninvolving history lesson about Richard III as well as the rest of the late of the Plantagenet rulers. While the film fortunately doesn't look too much like Shakespeare's RICHARD III (his version of British history makes historians cringe), it is still very much influenced by it (such as the whole idea of Richard being a hunchbacked and evil man who killed off Edward V and his younger brother). The actual truth is quite muddled and confusing--to this day no one is sure if it was Richard or even Henry VII or someone else who was behind the children's disappearance. So apart from the historical aspects of the film, how is the overall product? Well, the battle scenes are amazingly dull and the story itself is at times interesting and at other times like a snooze-fest. In fact, aside from the few scenes with Karloff (he wasn't in the movie nearly enough to suit me---he really brightened up the film) and the drowning of Vincent Price (a great scene), the film just seems to drag. This is a case of generally good actors but dull dialog and direction. The only exception to this was Barbara O'Neil, as Queen Elizabeth. She was amazingly poor in the film, as there were several times when she just stared into the camera or made facial expressions that just didn't suit the events taking place (such as deaths of her husband or other family members). So if you want to watch a dull historical piece interrupted occasionally by cool scenes involving Karloff as Richard's henchman and chief torturer, then this film is for you. Otherwise, this is a very forgettable film and probably not worth your time. PS--Despite the video art on IMDb, the film did not star Karloff and he was not exactly a major figure in the film.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 7 / 10 / 10

Three great performances in a decent film

Tower of London is not exactly great by all means. The script does feel rather muddled, the pacing is uneven with some scenes that feel rushed and others that plod and the romantic subplot is just silly. However, it does look great, with striking cinematography and appropriately creepy settings. Frank Skinner's music gives a haunting edge and the memorable but here often grim story is full of great scenes, the two battles are spectacular, while the murders of Clarence and the two Princes are unforgettable. The whole cast give good performances, especially Leo G.Carroll, who makes any supporting character more interesting than it is. But there are three performances that are great. Basil Rathbone is a brilliant Richard, he dominates every scene he's in in every way and he never resorts to camp. Boris Karloff, with the bald head and clubbed foot, is terrifying as the Exexutioner, while Vincent Price's Clarence, the actor in a very early role and he went on to give even better performances, is memorable. So all in all, a decent film but elevated by some unforgettable scenes and three great performances. 7/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by bkoganbing 7 / 10 / 10

The Modern Version

If you want to see the story of Richard III without the Elizabethan speech of Shakespeare than this is the film for you. Tower Of London was made economically and is a great example of what you could do on a limited budget. In fact the film is essentially the story that Laurence Olivier used in filming his acclaimed version of Richard even to the extent of using the ending of Henry VI Part Three in the story as well. The Gothic sets that Universal Pictures had for horror films served well in Tower Of London. I always have to admire the use of darkness and mist during the battle sequences for Tewksbury and Bosworth Field with the addition of rain for Tewksbury. Gave the illusion of the cast of thousands without the DeMille like thousands. Maybe three or four dozen extras. Gave it a noir like quality. Basil Rathbone plays Richard III, one of history's frightening figures, courtesy of Williams Shakespeare's play. The dialog isn't Shakespearean, but Rathbone gets Shakespeare's point across. The evil genius who methodically disposes of all who are between him and the throne of England, the last of course being the child king Edward V and his younger brother. Rathbone's one and only true friend and chief aide in his designs is the club footed Boris Karloff playing the executioner at the Tower Of London. Karloff is a monster, but a most human one indeed. Ian Hunter and Vincent Price play Rathbone's older brothers, Edward IV and the Duke of Clarence respectively. Hunter pretty much fills out how history has made Edward IV come down to us, the hale and hearty king who liked to indulge in the vices a little too much, but who comparatively speaking was one of the better medieval kings England had. The Duke of Clarence was as Price plays him as well, a treacherous coward and weakling who may have not died in a vat of Malmsey wine, but who certainly wasn't missed by too many people when he did leave this mortal coil. John Sutton and Nan Grey play a pair of young lovers whose story is grafted into the Shakespearean plot. Their all right in that they don't get in the way of the real story. Three small roles that I liked very much were Barbara O'Neil as Queen Elizabeth Woodville, wife and later widow of Hunter, Ernest Cossart as the loyal chimney sweep who aids the anti-Richard cause, and Miles Mander most of all as the luckless and feckless Henry VI. For those who don't like to wade through Shakespeare and might have a term paper on Richard III due, Tower Of London almost functions like a Cliff's Notes brought to the big screen. Just don't use the Sutton and Grey characters in your paper and you might just get a passing grade.

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