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Four Sided Triangle (1953)

Approved | | Romance, Sci-Fi | 15 June 1953 (USA)
Bill and Robin, helped by their childhood friend, Lena, develop a "reproducer" which can exactly duplicate any object. Bill, crushed when Lena marries Robin, convinces her to allow him to ... See full summary »

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Lena / Helen
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Dr. Harvey
Stephen Murray ...
Bill
John Van Eyssen ...
Robin
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Sir Walter
Jennifer Dearman ...
Lena as a Child
Glyn Dearman ...
Bill as a Child
Sean Barrett ...
Robin as a Child
Kynaston Reeves ...
Lord Grant
John Stuart ...
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Edith Saville ...
Lady Grant
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Bill and Robin, helped by their childhood friend, Lena, develop a "reproducer" which can exactly duplicate any object. Bill, crushed when Lena marries Robin, convinces her to allow him to duplicate her, so that he may have a copy of her for himself. The experiment, at first deemed a success, seems to have worked only too well as the duplicate, Helen, is such an exact copy that she also loves Robin, not Bill. Bill hopes to rectify the situation with another radical experiment. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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She lived two amazing lives under his spell!

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Prologue: "God hath made man upright, but they have sought out many inventions." Ecclesiates. See more »

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Lena: An empty mind... and a new beginning!
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Featured in The World of Hammer: The Curse of Frankenstein (1994) See more »

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Wedding March
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Stephen Murray, co-inventor of the Reproducer machine, wants a Barbara Payton of his own
25 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Four Sided Triangle" is a British science fiction film with a love triangle at its core. They are two inventors, Stephen Murray and John van Eyssen, and Barbara Payton. They invent a kind of xerox machine that reproduces real objects. Van Eyssen and Payton fall in love and marry, much to the frustration of shy Murray, so he uses a modified machine to reproduce another Payton. This is shades of every Frankenstein-mad doctor movie ever made, narrated by the local village doctor, James Hayter. Complications arise when the new Payton is still in love with van Eyssen.

The other reviews assess this film's positives and negatives accurately. It ends up being reasonably entertaining but average. On the slow side (common to British films) and its failing to explore the possibilities are balanced by its love focus, the novelty of the invention, and the strength of the acting and visuals.

There is some suspense in not knowing which way the story will go. Suspension of disbelief is essential because, although realism is attempted, we are asked to accept some long leaps pointed out in other reviews.

Any such invention would drastically lower production costs of all goods, moving humanity closer to the Garden of Eden. The profits, all but ignored by the co-inventors, would be tremendous if they had patents on the machine or managed to keep its processes secret. A lot of people would want to get their hands on this machine. Exploring such matters would be an entirely different story. So would exploring the capacity to reproduce a living organism and the moral and other issues involved. Imagine a Reproducer machine that allows a company to sell or lease living persons produced by the Reproducer.

Also, would governments want such a machine? You bet. They'd want to copy weapons and create clone armies, or suppress the invention and use it for themselves to conquer the world. This is another story.

This love story is much more modest.


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