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Among the Living (1941)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery  |  19 December 1941 (USA)
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A mentally unstable man, who has been kept in isolation for years, escapes and causes trouble for his identical twin brother.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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John Raden / Paul Raden
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Millie Pickens
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Dr. Ben Saunders
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Elaine Raden
Gordon Jones ...
Bill Oakley
Jean Phillips ...
Peggy Nolan
Ernest Whitman ...
Pompey
Maude Eburne ...
Mrs. Pickens
Frank M. Thomas ...
Sheriff
Harlan Briggs ...
Judge
Archie Twitchell ...
Tom Reilly
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Woman in Cafe
William Stack ...
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Paul Raden (Albert Dekker), hopelessly insane son of Maxim Raden, hated owner of the Radentown mills, is in a strait jacket in a secret room in the family mansion, while the body of his father is lowered into a grave. Twenty-five years earlier, the brutal father had hurled Paul against a wall when the young boy had tried to defend his mother and, with his brain injured forever, Paul's last memory, before descending into the shadows on insanity, was his mother's agonized scream. At the graveside are Dr. Ben Saunders (Harry Carey), Paul's twin brother John (Albert Dekker) and John's wife Elaine (Frances Farmer). Pompey (Ernest Whitman'), the family servant who has cared for and guarded Paul and kept the family secret for a quarter of a century,watches from afar. That night Dr. Saunders tells John that his twin, who he thought dead, is alive as the father, refusing to commit him to an institution, had bribed the doctor to sign a false death certificate and then bury another child's body ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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19 December 1941 (USA)  »

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A Herança do Ódio  »

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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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[Eyeing Raden's bankroll]
Millie Pickens: Say, if I had a wad of folding dough like that I'd go right out and buy an outfit that would knock this neighborhood cockeyed!
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The Parent Trap
21 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Long before 'The Parent Trap' we get some great split-screen special effects of Albert Dekker playing twins in this 1941 early Noir. But, it seems Dekker did such a great job of playing two starring roles in this film, that he spent most of the rest of his long career playing bit parts. He wasn't really that bad . . . or that good. Not the greatest film ever but worth a watch just for the wild vigilante mob that becomes the star of the show and is reminiscent of 'Frankenstein.' Plus how can you go wrong with a sweet innocent lead heroine named Mollie Pickens and several scenes with a newsboy walking down the street shouting, "Extra, Extra . . ." to help move the plot along?


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