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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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Martha Burnside / Mallory Flagg
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Buck Mansfield
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Christa Mansfield
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Susan Duane
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Mr. Burnside
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Mrs. Burnside
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Pete Vendig
Joyce Arling ...
Kate Vendig
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Bruce McDonald
Robert J. Anderson ...
Horace Vendig as Child (as Bob Anderson)
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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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Why must you destroy everyone who helps you? (original print ad) See more »

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4 November 1948 (UK)  »

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Prelude to Night  »

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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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from Bobby Anderson to Zachary Scott
17 May 2007 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

Apparently a brief exchange between the adolescent boy (Bobby Anderson) and his father (Raymond Burr) in which the father tells him that opportunity only comes around once, is the reason why Anderson morphs into the social climbing and ruthless business tycoon played by Zachary Scott. It hardly seems like enough of an influence to change a nice kid into a prototypical (and stereotypical) greedy capitalist millionaire. Though it's difficult to establish a connection between the two, Scott makes a believable social climber, and the story has a pretty good trajectory from his adolescence through dark mansions and well furnished offices with New York skyline views, to a finale gala event where Scott is organizing a philanthropy to unload some of his millions and ease his conscience. Ulmer doles out the action in bits and pieces, but delivers a pretty memorable ending.


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