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Terence Fisher (screenplay)
Paul Tabori (adaptation)
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Release Date:
15 June 1953 (USA) See more »
She lived two amazing lives under his spell!
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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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
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved (PCA #16055)

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Not Science Fiction And It's Not Good Either, 12 April 2014
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

Bill and Robin are two life long friends who have built a machine that can replicate anything . Another friend from childhood Lena arrives in the village and very quickly Lena and Robin fall in love and are married . This hurts Bill greatly because he to is in love with Lena and so duplicates Lena as Helen who is not only identical to Lena but has the same memories as her

This is something of an obscure cult classic . Obscure in the fact that it never seemed to be broadcast on British television and cult classic in the fact that was the first science fiction movie produced by the Hammer studios and was directed by Terrance Fisher undoubtedly the finest of the studios in house directors . It's interesting that that the film opens with a religious quote because this predates other Hammer productions later in the decade namely THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT and FRANKENSTEIN that have the subtext that there's somethings science should never interfere with and mankinds thirst for knowledge might very well be its downfall . It does become very clear early on however that FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE is a forgotten film for a very good reason - it's not very good

Don't be fooled that this is a science fiction from Hammer because the sci-fi element merely exists as a plot device . Two brilliant whizz-kid scientists invent a wonderful machine in their spare time that can duplicate anything , in effect a cloning machine that can clone anything . What a wonderful invention and as everyone points out this is the greatest thing humanity has ever invented and these two blokes built it in a shed in their spare time and probably with their own funds . How likely is that ?

" Hold on Theo . HG Wells wrote The Time Machine and that featured an inventor building a time machine in his house . The novel changed literature and you have to suspend disbelief with these stories "

Yes maybe but suspension of disbelief is not required with Wells who had an almost supernatural ability to make the incredible seem almost blasé . With this film you're constantly noticing how unlikely everything is . Lena , Bill and Robin are all roughly the same age when we're introduced to them as children then when we're introduced to them as adults Bill and Robin seem to be physically twice the age of Lena .Did Lena invent a time machine and go forward in time ? It's also difficult to buy in to Lena falling in love with Robin who is totally uncharismatic as is Bill . It's not a science fiction film anyway just a sort of love story that has a very dated plodding pace and the only drama takes place at the end and jars because it feels more like a pivotal inciting incident rather than a climax . Someone on this page compared the film to an episode of THE OUTER LIMITS and in parts that what it resembles but that classic American show would have grabbed the premise by the throat and would have done something with it unlike here

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