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Four Sided Triangle
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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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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
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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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81 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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USA:Approved (PCA #16055)

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Lena:An empty mind... and a new beginning!See more »
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Lena Or Helen, 28 March 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Years after it first came out in the United Kingdom I remember seeing Four Sided Triangle on a double bill in America. It was one of those films I never forgot. I didn't know at the time it came from the celebrated British company Hammer Pictures which gave us usually a more gory type of science fiction.

When cloning was finally achieved I remember that this was the first film I remember discussing the possibility which was fact in this film. For all the science fiction involved at heart Four Sided Triangle is a romantic and tragic film which begins in childhood of the protagonists.

Children who grow up to be Barbara Payton, John Van Eyssen, and Stephen Murray are seen and its plain early on that Murray will be the odd man out in this group. Payton is the object of their affections, Van Eyssen is the son of the local squire and Murray the abused son of the town drunk. Fortunately for him the town doctor James Hayter takes an interest in Murray and Hayter narrates the film in flashback and it is through his eyes we see what unfolds.

Both Van Eyssen and Murray go to college and study science and they perfect a 'duplicating' machine that can just duplicate inanimate things out of air. Good possibilities there. But Murray who pines for Payton wants to go further. She's married Van Eyssen, no fool she as he's got money and position. But Murray with the help of a reluctant Hayter experiments on living matter and then goes for the ultimate experiment. Amazingly enough Payton agrees to be duplicated.

I can't go any further, but I'm sure your mind boggles with all kinds of alternative endings. The two Paytons are named Lena and Helen and I will say there is something that Murray forgot in all his experimentation.

Four Sided Triangle while done on the cheap is a sensitively made film with good performances from the cast and will make you think about the issues of cloning.

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