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The Fearmakers (1958)

A Korean War veteran co-operating with a Senate committee uncovers subversives.

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Alan Eaton
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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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Shadow of boom mic visible when Alan Eaton (Dana Andrews) falls back against the window blinds in his office. See more »

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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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Can you believe: The Velvet Fog as Comintern agent?
10 September 2001 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

The Fearmakers stands as one of the stragglers in the Red-Scare cycle, which ran from the late 1940s pretty much until 1962, when John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate blew it to smithereens. (The studios, running scared, churned them out but the public shunned them in droves.) This one benefits from the talents of director Jacques Tourneur (The Cat People, Out of the Past) and noir icon Dana Andrews; it also features a young Mel Torme as a pusillanimous lackey who relies too much on stage business (mopping his brow, fiddling with his glasses). The movie is somewhat elevated, too, by working with themes that resonate today: How polls and focus groups can be manipulated by well-heeled special interest lobbies -- how, in fact, they can be made to say absolutely anything. Here, it's the disarmament movement, viewed of course as nothing more than a Commie plot. Inevitably, The Fearmakers degenerates into stereotypes as simple as Veda Ann Borg's big round puss.


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