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Ruthless (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 4 November 1948 (UK)
Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by ... See full summary »

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Susan Duane
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Mr. Burnside
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Pete Vendig
Joyce Arling ...
Kate Vendig
Charles Evans ...
Bruce McDonald
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Horace Vendig as Child (as Bob Anderson)
Arthur Stone ...
Vic Lambdin as Child
Ann Carter ...
Martha Burnside as Child
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Libby Sims
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Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by richer neighbours he started to exhibit an obsessive and selfish urge to make more and more money, loving and leaving women at will to further this end. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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POWER...AND MOMEY WERE HIS GODS! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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4 November 1948 (UK)  »

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Prelude to Night  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Terra Distributors VHS copy is a truncated version, running only 86 minutes, not the complete version. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Burnside: [to unhappy young Horace] Be brave. Be a man.
Horace Vendig as Child: I don't want to be a man. Never! I wish there weren't any men in the whole world.
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Referenced in Let's Go to the Movies (1949) See more »

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A+ Drama. What a treat, if you can find it.
30 November 2000 | by (The Beach) – See all my reviews

Excellent drama about a poor boy who is adopted by a rich family after saving their daughter from drowning. Given all the benefits of wealth and society, he uses the people who care about him and give him his breaks, especially the women he meets. Zachery Scott is chilling in his mentally perverse portrayal of a tycoon that is more in league with Norman Bates than William Randall Hurst. Diana Lynn (the Sandra Bullock of her day) is wonderful as the woman he had saved as a girl and who's heart he would break in his rise to success. There is a twist in the plot mid-way that will be a treat to Lynn fans, though I would have liked to seen more of her in the second half. The entire cast is compelling and the soundtrack is appropriately eerie. Very rare to find this on VHS or TV, so if you find it anywhere, get it, rent it, buy it, tape it, watch it.


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