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4D Man (1959)

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Two brothers, scientists Scott and Tony Nelson, develop an amplifier which enables a person to enter a 4th dimensional state, allowing him to pass through any object. Scott experiments on ... See full summary »

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Dr. Scott Nelson
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Linda Davis
James Congdon ...
Dr. Tony Nelson
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Roy Parker
Edgar Stehli ...
Dr. Theodore W. Carson
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Marjorie Sutherland
Guy Raymond ...
Fred the Guard
Chic James ...
B-Girl
Elbert Smith ...
Capt. Rogers
George Karas ...
Sgt. Todaman (as George Kara)
Jasper Deeter ...
Mr. Welles
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Two brothers, scientists Scott and Tony Nelson, develop an amplifier which enables a person to enter a 4th dimensional state, allowing him to pass through any object. Scott experiments on himself and discovers that each time he passes through something he ages rapidly. He begins killing people, sucking out their life energies and regaining his youth as a result. It falls to Tony and Scott's girlfriend, Linda, to try to put a stop to his murderous rampage. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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He Walks Through Walls Of Solid Steel And Stone... Into The 4th Dimension! See more »


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7 October 1959 (USA)  »

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$240,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Film debut of Robert Lansing. See more »

Goofs

When Scott walks away eating the apple he's stolen, you can see him stop at the corner and throw the apple core away. In the next shot he's holding the apple again, takes one last bite out of it, and throws the core away a second time. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Theodore W. Carson: Scott! How did you get in here?
Scott Nelson: Through the door.
[after walking through it without opening it]
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Spoofed in Dead End (1985) See more »

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Decent grade-b sci-fi flick thats helped by an effective lead performance
2 December 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. made this between the classic "The Blob" and the just plain goofy "Dinosaurus!". While "4D Man" is nowhere near the greatness of "The Blob", its a pretty enjoyable little sci-fi flick in its own. Also, unlike many of the other drive-in sci-fi films of the time period, it seems to be interested in telling a much more mature and adult story. There's parts that even remind me of "The Incredible Shrinking Man" in their somber mood and tone. The film is a nice balance between an engrossing story and the more campy and outdated elements a lot of genre fans look for. At the center of this all is a fantastic lead performance by Robert Lansing. Even when his character is supposedly a monster, Lansing makes him sympathetic throughout. Also, the special effects were very good for their time.

The film is far from perfect however. There's a big band score that sounds far better suited for a "Dragnet" episode than this film. Its constantly blaring on the soundtrack, and detracts a lot of potential creepiness the scenes could have had. A moog or therimin score, like what was featured in many sci-fi films from the period, would have been much more effective. Still, the good outweighs the bad here, and while this isn't exactly a 50s cult classic, its commended to drive-in fans. (6/10)


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