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Release Date:
March 1952 (UK) See more »
The hidden life of a second-hand dealer inadvertently ensnares his son. Julius Rosselli (Dermot Walsh)... See more » | Add synopsis »
Actor Martin Benson Dies
 (From Famous Monsters of Filmland. 24 March 2010, 2:00 PM, PDT)

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  (in credits order)
Dermot Walsh ... Julius Rosselli
Barbara Murray ... Amanda
Charles Victor ... Mr. Rosselli
John Blythe ... Maxie
Michael Ward ... Cornelius Hart
Thora Hird ... Vera
John Horsley ... Harry Armstrong
Annette D. Simmonds ... Marcella
Martin Benson ... Alec Stone
Ballard Berkeley ... Inspector Bligh
Peter Bayliss ... Bilton
Thomas Gallagher ... Matthews
Reginald Dyson ... Dr. Luigi
Armand Guinle ... Mr. Dent (as Amando Guinle)
Tony Spear ... Airline Booking Clerk

Directed by
John Gilling 
Writing credits
John Gilling (written by)

Produced by
Robert S. Baker .... producer
Monty Berman .... producer
Original Music by
John Lanchbery 
Cinematography by
Monty Berman 
Film Editing by
Jack Slade 
Art Direction by
Andrew Mazzei 
Makeup Department
Betty Cross .... coiffure (as Bette Cross)
Gerry Fairbank .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jimmy Shingfield .... production manager (as James Shingfield)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Asher .... assistant director
Peter Crowhurst .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Tony Harris .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leonard Bulkley .... sound recordist (as Len Bulkley)
George Burgess .... sound supervisor
Fred Tomlin .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Besche .... camera operator
Desmond Davis .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Gerry Turpin .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ellen Trussler .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Arthur Cox .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Eric Robinson .... musical director
Other crew
Shirley Barnes .... continuity
Doreen Soan .... production secretary (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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69 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)


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Just because this is a relatively low budget film does NOT mean it's bad in any way., 10 January 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Julius Rosselli (Dermot Walsh) is coming home for what his father thinks is just a visit. After all, the young man is going to Oxford. However, he soon admits that he's been thrown out of school. While you'd think his father would be furious, Mr. Rosselli (Charles Victor) adores his son and cannot imagine that he is a bad sort. But Julius is spoiled and rather hateful--and soon falls in with criminal elements. The bottom line is that he wants wealth and fun but doesn't want to work for it. It's a shame, as he's not only hurting his father but has just convinced a nice lady to marry him and she is bound to be disappointed in her husband. All the while, Mr. Rosselli loves his son and puts up with all sorts of verbal abuse from the guy. You really want to see Julius get what he deserves and what happens next, you'll just have to see for yourself. However, expect the unexpected in this lovely little crime film.

"The Frightened Man" turned out to be a dandy movie despite the very low budget and a cast consisting mostly of lesser-known actors. The script was great--with some wonderful characters and a great plot twist near the end. Walsh, in particular, did a great job in his portrayal of Julius--the guy you love to hate. However, Victor also did a darned nice job. Overall a very good film with everything going for it but a big budget. Well worth your time.

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