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John Barrington escapes from an asylum for the criminally-insane and finds refuge on the ranch of turkey-raiser Ezra Thompson. Barrington, who has suffered from amnesia, finds his memory ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Howard Barrington
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Connie Carter
James Barton ...
Ezra Thompson
Emlyn Williams ...
Dr. David Dunbar
Lloyd Gough ...
Asylum Dr. Gordon
Basil Ruysdael ...
Cyrus Barrington
David Wolfe ...
Level Louie
Harry Shannon ...
Asylum Warden Anderson
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Mrs. Cyrus Barrington
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State Trooper (as Dave McMahon)
Chubby Johnson ...
Feed Store Manager
Frank Jenks ...
Tom - Drunk cowboy
Emmett Lynn ...
Jack the Waiter
Dick Wessel ...
Sid - Drunk cowboy
Frank Jaquet ...
Town Sheriff
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John Barrington escapes from an asylum for the criminally-insane and finds refuge on the ranch of turkey-raiser Ezra Thompson. Barrington, who has suffered from amnesia, finds his memory returning slightly and he sets out on his mission of learning the truth about whether or not he really murdered his sweetheart and is actually insane. He goes to Los Angeles to visit his oldest-and-best friend, psychiatrist David Dunbar, who was a witness to Barrington's crime. Dunbar repeats his story to Barrington, convinces Barrington that he did commit the crime, and then betrays him to the police. However, Thompson, Connie Carter and others are not totally convinced of Barrington's guilt. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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6 April 1951 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Ezra Thompson: Before a bullet every man is equal, right as in the Constitution!
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Summer Rains
Written by Sammy John DeFazio, Herschel Burke Gilbert (uncredited)
Charles Milton Daniel and Gilbert Hugh Hall
Sung by Mercedes McCambridge (dubbed by ?)
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Silly pseudo intellectual debate but a good movie
17 April 2013 | by (Peru) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately being a psychiatrist myself kind of ruined this movie content wise (the first part where insanity is debated--shows only people who know absolutely nothing of mental illness). But maybe that was the point as John Ireland hadn't a trace of mental illness--just some sort of PTSD and amnesia.

The British Doctor as the paranoid schizophrenic was a stupid cartoon version but much closer the mark and what most B audiences would view as mental illness (fortunately this idiotic denouement only lasts for about the last 5 minutes of the movie.)

John Ireland is very handsome and the movie clips right along...the other two actors--the philosopher turkey farmer especially and the barmaid are very sympathetic characters as well.

It is very competently filmed and worth a watch. Leagues above the average B movie. Ignore the actual content of philosophy. I once heard that a good educated British accent reading a phone directory sounds intellectual to the average American; this is the same sort of effect you have in this film...just enjoy the flow of the movie and imagine deep things are being said.

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