The Strange Case
of the Fanged Skull
Filmed in the town of Perth, Ontario, in 1955, this movie features many local people, in a tale of mystery and suspense.
Set in the town of Tayville, (Perth), the local museum (the Perth Library on Gore Street) finds itself the center of an intriguing drama when an ambitious young reporter causes a scandal over the authenticity of one of its prize exhibits, a human skull.
Gore Street – 1955, appears many times, filmed from various angles
Local businessman, Victor ‘Vic’ Lemeiux playing the role of Vic Edwards, the Editor of the ‘Tayville Times’, with Richard Lamb, playing Harry Raddall, the ambitious young Reporter
A local fundraising group tours the museum
Mr. Appleby, the Museum Curator, played by Clyde Bell, provides a guided tour of the museum
Harry Raddall, reporter, played by Richard Lamb, tells lovely librarian, Helen Tate, played by Joy Lindop (Cunningham), about his plan to sneak into the library late at night and photograph the museum’s fanged skull
The fundraising group concludes their tour with the curator
Reporter, Harry Raddall, played by Richard Lamb, sneaks into the Museum at night, under the cover of darkness…to photograph the skull
The shocking newspaper headlines are revealed at a fundraising meeting, “Skull With Fangs Declared a Hoax!”
A Town Council meeting is held at the Perth Town Hall to decide whether the museum will receive funding
Professor Goddard, played by Peter Hopkinson, examines the skull to establish authenticity
Is the skull real? Or is it a hoax?
This delightful short film, just over 28 minutes in length, is a wonderful glimpse into the past, with many scenes of Gore Street, Perth, Ontario, as it appeared in 1955.
The local cast of actors did a fine job in their roles, many with memorable performances.
This historic film short may be viewed in its entirety on the National Film Board’s website, and is a must-see for local history buffs, capturing scenes of the main street of Perth as they appeared in the mid-1950s.
View “The Hoax”
on the National Film Board site: https://www.nfb.ca/film/hoax/
(All Images are from: “The Hoax”, a movie by the National Film Board of Canada, produced in 1955.)
Director: William Davidson
Story and Screenplay:Norman Klenman
Photography: Robert Humble
Sound: Clifford Griffen
Editing: Douglas Robertson
Production: Nicholas Balla
Harry Raddall, Reporter: played by Richard Lamb
Helen Tate, Librarian: played by Joy Lindop (Cunningham)
Mr. Appleby, Curator: played by Clyde Bell
Professor Goddard: played by Peter Hopkinson
Mrs. Tate: played by Mrs. T.A. Rogers
Vic Edwards, Newspaper Editor, played by Victor ‘Vic’ Lemieux
Also featured in ‘The Hoax”:
Vince Lally, Jo Keays, Jack Finnegan, Edna Coutts, Mayor Scott Burchell, John Mather Town Clerk, Mr. ? Arbuthnot, Grace Grainger, Norm Turner, Mr. ? Sawdon, Mrs. ? Hamilton
(and many more)
Please comment below to help identify the local actors from the Perth area so they can be listed with the other members of the cast.
With thanks to the local cast and crew, and to the National Film Board of Canada, for capturing these moments in time, and preserving this special slice of history for the town of Perth, Ontario.
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