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Four Sided Triangle
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Director:
Writers:
Terence Fisher (screenplay)
Paul Tabori (adaptation)
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Release Date:
15 June 1953 (USA) See more »
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She lived two amazing lives under his spell!
Plot:
Bill and Robin, helped by their childhood friend, Lena, develop a "reproducer" which can exactly duplicate any object... See more » | Full synopsis »
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(4 articles)
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Stephen Murray, co-inventor of the Reproducer machine, wants a Barbara Payton of his own See more (22 total) »

Cast

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Barbara Payton ... Lena / Helen
James Hayter ... Dr. Harvey
Stephen Murray ... Bill
John Van Eyssen ... Robin
Percy Marmont ... 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 ... Solicitor
Edith Saville ... Lady Grant

Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Terence Fisher  screenplay
Paul Tabori  adaptation and screenplay
William F. Temple  novel "Four-Sided Triangle"

Produced by
Michael Carreras .... producer
Alexander Paal .... producer
 
Original Music by
Malcolm Arnold 
 
Cinematography by
Reginald H. Wyer 
 
Film Editing by
Maurice Rootes 
 
Art Direction by
J. Elder Wills 
 
Makeup Department
Dick Bonnor-Morris .... makeup artist
Nina Broe .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Victor Wark .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Shore .... assistant director
Aida Young .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bill Salter .... sound recordist
Percy Britten .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
Tom Friswell .... clapper loader (uncredited)
John Jay .... still photographer (uncredited)
Manny Yospa .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Bill Lenny .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
 
Other crew
Renée Glynne .... continuity
Nora Roberts .... dialogue director
 

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Runtime:
81 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #16055)

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Lena:An empty mind... and a new beginning!See more »
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Stephen Murray, co-inventor of the Reproducer machine, wants a Barbara Payton of his own, 25 August 2013
Author: msroz from United States

"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 reproducers 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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