Rico is a small-time hood who knocks off gas stations for whatever he can take. He heads east and signs up with Sam Vettori's mob. A New Year's Eve robbery at Little Arnie Lorch's casino ... See full summary »
Edward G. Robinson,
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
Stanley Windrush has to interrupt his university education when he is called up towards the end of the war. He quickly proves himself not to be officer material. This leads him to meets up ... See full summary »
Henry B. Longhurst
Wealthy John Preston arrives in small town Deanbridge. He invests in local businesses and gets involved in community affairs. Eventually, he meets a local belle, Sally, and wins her from ... See full summary »
Betta St. John,
Sinbad is a story teller who weaves great adventures about - himself. Whether they are true or not, no one knows. For this is the story of the eight adventures of Sinbad - as told by Sinbad... See full summary »
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
This forgotten war adventure centres on the secret Nazi missile installation of the V1 Rocket. Rennie is a guerilla fighter who leads a group of Polish fighters on a mission to destroy the ... See full summary »
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I watched "The Man Who Heard Everything" only once, nearly 50 years ago, and have never seen it since, but it was one of those extraordinary tales that once seen can never be forgotten. From the Douglas Fairbanks series commissioned by NBC, it was made in England, but premiered in America in 1954. I just happened to see the first English screening on Tuesday, 10 April 1956 at 4pm on the newly opened Midlands ITV region. (I was eight, my sister was four). The half-hour story begins with Michael Gough driving along while eating a bag of sweets. He bends down to see if any are left in the bag, and crashes the car. Awaking in hospital he discovers that his powers of hearing have phenomenally increased. Visiting wife Brenda Bruce has to talk in whispers, and even the rustling of flowers is deafening. Returning home, he has to wear muffling around his head and fix mattresses round the walls to keep out the noise. The condition worsens, but the problem is not so much the volume as the "filtering through" of sounds from far away. He hears people talking in different languages from miles away, even whole countries away. Eventually --- and this is real twilight zone stuff --- he picks up the voice of a desperately lonely woman communicating to him from another planet. Luckily, crazy ear doctor Lloyd Pearson invents an operation to cure the problem, but right up to surgery the E.T. lady pleads with her would-be lover not to desert her. The writer of this forgotten masterpiece was Lawrence B. Marcus (aka Larry Marcus) who many years later would become an Oscar nominee, but this was surely his best story. Even though it was watched by an impressionable 8-year-old and would no doubt seem a bit creaky today, it still takes some beating to be remembered vividly after half a century. If anyone does get the chance to see this again, please make allowances for the fact that my review was written 50 years after the viewing!
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