(1952) Laurence Harvey, Trader Faulkner, Susan Shaw, Sheila Shand Gibbs. Psychological thriller about an odd family with Harvey playing the older domineering son, who resents both his ...
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(1952) Laurence Harvey, Trader Faulkner, Susan Shaw, Sheila Shand Gibbs. Psychological thriller about an odd family with Harvey playing the older domineering son, who resents both his overbearing grandmother and his younger brother. This video has been manufactured from the best quality video master currently available; audio or image quality may vary. Written by
[holding a knife]
There's something I want to tell you, Joan.
About last night, I... it's my farm, like I've always said.
What about the old lady?
Gran's leaving with Frankie. She's too old. Neither of them are fit to run the farm anymore. Frankie walks in his sleep most of the time. They're both going. I give you my word.
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See the British noir "A Killer Walks" (1952) for a trademark performance from the glowering Laurence Harvey. Only 24 years old at the time, he looks and acts older. He's a farmer whose grandmother, the owner, pays him low wages. However, we never see him farming. Coat and tie, he's courting lovely Susan Shaw who wants money in a marriage, not just him. His younger brother, Trader Faulkner, is more the farmer. Oddly disturbed, perhaps something he has outgrown, the latter has or had a habit of sleepwalking and a fondness for knives. Doctor Laurence Naismith has prescribed sleeping pills for granny.
Without over-acting and with just the right amount of resentment and an occasional rise of temper, Harvey again displays the talent, screen persona and charisma that mark his career. The noir lighting fits well this story and the illumination of the characters. The story seems Gothic despite being set in modern times mainly in and around a dark farmhouse. Its overly fast resolution to fit the time constraint of 55 minutes is its main drawback.
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