The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake

The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake
Directed by Edward L. Cahn
Produced by Robert Kent
Written by Orville H. Hampton
Music by Paul Dunlap
Cinematography Maury Gertsman
Edited by Edward Mann
Premium Pictures
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • 1959 (1959)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake is a 1959 American black-and-white horror film written by Orville H. Hampton and directed by Edward L. Cahn, one of a series of films they made in the late 1950s for producer Robert E. Kent on contract for distribution by United Artists.

It was made as a part of a package with Invisible Invaders.[1]


Jonathan Drake (Eduard Franz), a university professor specializing in the occult, is summoned to the home of his brother, Kenneth Drake (Paul Cavanagh), when a family curse threatens Kenneth's life. Jonathan Drake arrives too late to save his brother from a violent death and subsequent decapitation before his burial. The curse is the work of Dr. Emil Zurich (Henry Daniell), a Swiss agent who was a member of Jonathan Drake's ancestor's exploration party two hundred years previously. Zurich was captured, thus forcing Captain Drake to lead a rescue party into the jungle: Drake's party massacred the tribe (save for the tribal witch doctor Zutai (Paul Wexler), only to find that Zurich has been beheaded. Zutai, now a zombie with his mouth sewn shut in the manner of a shrunken head, is assisting the miraculously resurrected Zurich in his pursuit for revenge and supernatural destiny against Captain Drake's male descendants. Zurich and Zutai lay their plans to murder and behead Jonathan Drake, which will end the curse on the Drake family.



See also


  1. FILMLAND EVENTS: MGM Purchases New Novel of Chamales Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 30 Dec 1958: B9.
  2. Dendle, Peter (2001). The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia. McFarland & Company. pp. 67–68. ISBN 978-0-7864-9288-6.
  3. Dixon, Wheeler W. (2010). A History of Horror. Rutgers University Press. pp. 67–68. ISBN 9780813547954.

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