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The public bought it and the film was a financial, if not critical, success. William Castle added a gimmick to most of his films over the next ten years. A voice-over advised the audience of the time remaining in which they could leave the theater and receive a full refund if they were too frightened to see the remainder of the film.
To ensure the more wily patrons did not simply stay for a second showing and leave during the finale, Castle had both numbered  and different colored tickets printed for each show. He came up with "Coward's Corner," a yellow cardboard booth, manned by a bewildered theater employee in the lobby.
When the Fright Break was announced, and you found that you couldn't take it any more, you had to leave your seat and, in front of the entire audience, follow yellow footsteps up the aisle, bathed in a yellow light. Before you reached Coward's Corner, you crossed yellow lines with the stencilled message: I wonderwho would offer a blood-pressure test.
All the while a recording was blaring, "Watch the chicken! Watch him shiver in Coward's Corner! The one percent refund dribbled away to a zero percent, and I'm sure that in many cities a plant had to be paid to go through this torture. No wonder theater owners balked at booking a William Castle film.
It was all just too complicated.
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