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The Glass Tomb (1955)
"The Glass Cage" (original title)

 |  Mystery  |  15 April 1955 (USA)
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Crowds flock to a carnival sideshow to see "The Starving Man", a heavyset man who claims he can go 70 days without eating. However, a couple of murders occur at the carnival, resulting in the police becoming involved.

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Pel Pelham
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Jenny Pelham
Geoffrey Keen ...
Harry Stanton
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Henri Sapolio
Sidney James ...
Tony Lewis
Liam Redmond ...
Inspector Lindley
Sydney Tafler ...
Rorke (as Sidney Tafler)
Valerie Vernon ...
Bella
Arnold Marlé ...
Pop Maroni (scenes deleted)
Nora Gordon ...
Marie Sapolio
Sam Kydd ...
George
Ferdy Mayne ...
Bertie
Tonia Bern ...
Rena Maroni
Arthur Howard ...
Rutland
Stan Little ...
Mickelwitz (as Stanley Little)
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'Pel' Pelham is a veteran carnival barker who's happily married and desperately wants a good education for his young son. With money borrowed from bookie Tony Lewis, he persuades Sapolio, a professional "starving man," to attempt to break his own world's record of 65 days without food. Pel, a natural promoter, persuades a real estate broker to donate land for the show, which will feature Sapolio inside a glass cage housed in a tent to be ogled by the curious paying public. Prior to the start of the ordeal, Sapolio and his wife throw a party in their flat. When a girl in an upstairs apartment is murdered, suspicion falls on Pel and Tony Lewis, the girl's former boyfriend. Sapolio unknowingly has glimpsed the murderer, but initially cannot remember what he looked like. That makes "The Starving Man" a target for the real killer. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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JAGGED EDGE OF VIOLENCE!...THAT SHATTERS THE SCREEN WITH SUSPENSE! (original USA print ad for "The Glass Tomb")

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Pel Pelham: Look, Lindley, you do your job; I'll do mine. I could never do your job because I'd always be for the underdog.
Lindley: That could be a dangerous dog sometimes.
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Carny Blarney
6 April 2003 | by (Proctorville, Ohio) – See all my reviews

John Ireland wanders through this B movie like a penniless child in a nightmare candy store! As a freak-show promoter, he is compelled to bankroll a corpulent carny who, billed as The Starving Man, draws crowds to watch him go foodless for 70 days! Instead of turning on the two like hungry lions, mobs of curious Brits pour continuously forth to goggle the decidedly ungaunt attraction while he shaves, sleeps, and so on. Somehow, two murders occur in the midst of the mess, and so the rub. One has to wonder if the whole production (the movie, not the sideshow) is a joke on the audience, since the film is peppered with crude carnality symbolism and (for the fifties) sly sexual innuendo and double entendre. If one has a taste for oh-so-awful flicks and fool-the-rubes humor, this might be worth a peek.


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