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Man Afraid (1957)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  June 1957 (USA)
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A burglar is surprised by David and Lisa Collins in their son's room. In the struggle, Lisa's eyes are hurt and David throws an ornament, unintentionally killing the young thief. It's not ... See full summary »

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Rev. David Collins
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Lisa Collins
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Michael Collins
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Carl Simmons
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Lieutenant Marlin
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Wilbur Fletcher
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Shep Hamilton
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A burglar is surprised by David and Lisa Collins in their son's room. In the struggle, Lisa's eyes are hurt and David throws an ornament, unintentionally killing the young thief. It's not easy for Reverend Collins to deal with the resulting publicity, his own conscience, or Lisa's temporary blindness. Meanwhile Carl Simmons, father of the dead burglar, begins to stalk the Collins' son Michael. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The most terrifying suspense your heart has ever felt!

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Pleasantly Surprised
12 July 2006 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

This 1957 movie is fairly typical of a certain type of film from the fifties, usually made in black and white, often a thriller or crime drama, heavy on the suspense, with hints of madness, obsession or perversity of some sort in the villain. Most of these movies were made independently, but some studios ground them out, too. This one's a studio job, with a good deal of location shooting, and is a tad better than the average.

Competently directed by Harry Keller, a veteran of this sort of thing, the plot revolves around a gentle, decent minister stalked by the father of a man he killed accidentally during a robbery. Most of the cast is competent if unexciting for the most part, with only Harold J. Stone really outstanding in his role as a police lieutenant. He handles his dialog excellently. The big surprise with with this one is the performance of George Nader in the lead. Never the most compelling of actors, I generally find Nader lacking in credibility in most everything he did. In this picture, however, he's excellent as the upstanding reverend. His acting is well above average for him, and elicits genuine sympathy, from this viewer anyway, and this made watching this otherwise generic movie a pleasant surprise.


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