And the old man's eye...
Our narrator bides his time, waiting to hatch his evil plan.
And now the clean up begins.
A nervous mishap threatens to reveal his crime.
Rather than ending cold when the narrator confesses his crime in desparate madness (as in the original text), here the opening line is reprised as a coda that reveals our narrator is telling his story from a cell.
"True, I am nervous. Dreadfully nervous. But why do you say I am mad?"
This masterpiece (and it is) is buried among the extras in, of all things, the "Hellboy" 2-Disc Special Edition DVD (buy it here). Apparently director Guillermo Del Toro is a big UPA fan and insisted on smuggling "The Tell-Tale Heart" and a few "Gerald McBoing Boing" shorts on this release just to make them available. Thanks, Guillermo!