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The Fearmakers (1958)

 |  Thriller  |  October 1958 (USA)
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A Korean War veteran co-operating with a Senate committee uncovers subversives.

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Alan Eaton
Dick Foran ...
Jim McGinnis
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Lorraine Dennis
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Vivian Loder
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Harold 'Hal' Loder
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Dr. Gregory Jessup
Janet Brandt ...
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Fran Andrade ...
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Col. Buchane (scenes deleted)
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A Korean War veteran co-operating with a Senate committee uncovers subversives.

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Masters of FEAR! Masters of INTRIGUE! Merchants of MURDER!

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Alan Eaton: You know, Lorraine, you're not only very kind... you're very lovely.
Lorraine Dennis: [Breaking into a big smile] I thought you'd *never* notice!
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7 September 2001 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

In the late 1950s, The Fearmakers was a late entry in the Red Scare cycle. By the late 1960s it would have looked like a bizarre and ancient relic. Now in the 21st century, the film looks almost prophetic--if you can overlook the fact that it's basically a pro-nuclear war film. What gives the film resonance for a contemporary audience is its accurate portrayal of 'public relations', polling and advertising, and their ability to sway public opinion. In the 1950s this thesis no doubt took a back seat to the usual Commie-bashing, but now--in the era of push polls, straw polls, and exit polls-- it looks frighteningly accurate. Dana Andrews is excellent as usual. Sadly he is paired up with Marilee Earle as his love interest, and Ms. Earle gives a wooden performance of truly Redwoodian proportions. This was the last film of her brief career.


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