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A Killer Walks (1952)

(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 ... See full summary »

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Susan Shaw ...
Joan Gray
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Ned Harsten
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Frankie Harsten
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Doctor James
Sheila Shand Gibbs ...
Brenda
Ethel Edwards ...
Gran Elizabeth
Valentine Dunn ...
Brenda's mother
Madge Brindley ...
Mrs. Ramble
John Ainsworth ...
Tony
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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 Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

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Ned Harsten: [drowsy] What... what do you use that knife for? Put it away, Ned.
Ned Harsten: Don't worry, Frankie. I'll see you do no harm.
Frankie Harsten: H... H... Harm?
Ned Harsten: Yes, Frankie. And you don't have to worry about Gran. She'll be alright. Death means nothing to old people. They've had everything they've wanted out of this world and they''re glad to get into the next. Did you hear me, Frankie? Can you hear me, Frankie?
Ned Harsten: You know when I've finished here, there's something better waiting for them. They'll be no more pain; no more ...
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Laurence Harvey's scowls and plots
14 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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