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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
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Elbert Smith ...
Capt. Rogers
George Karas ...
Sgt. Todaman (as George Kara)
Jasper Deeter ...
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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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Man's first adventure into the incredible 4th dimension See more »


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7 October 1959 (USA)  »

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Master of Terror  »

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$240,000 (estimated)
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The total number of non-practical effects shots of the 4D Man passing through objects in the entire movie is 14. 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 »

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Captain Rogers: Tell them, shoot to kill. This guy's a wild one.
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Spoofed in Dead End (1985) See more »

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Impressive classic from the 1950s.
9 February 2004 | by (Fayetteville, GA) – See all my reviews

Robert Lansing plays a scientist whose brother is trying to perfect a way to make solid objects pass through each other. Lansing finds out about his brother's radical concept and tries some experiments of his own. He succeeds so well that he takes the idea a step further: he makes himself pass through solid objects.

The process has an adverse affect on his mind, and he starts walking through the walls of banks at night, stealing the cash. Unfortunately, the use of his new power causes him to age rapidly, and the only way he can rejuvenate himself is to absorb life-energy by passing through another human being -- even though this kills the victim.

Robert Lansing's performance is quite good, and so are those of co-stars Lee Meriwether and Patty Duke (age 12). Robert Strauss ("Stalag 17", "The Seven Year Itch") is sadly miscast as an unscrupulous fellow scientist. Director Irvin S. Yeaworth, Jr. created a good film on a meager budget, just as he did with "The Blob".

The special effects are impressive (and in color), devoid of any cheap "see-through" superimposed images. Whenever Lansing walks through a wall, he looks like he's stepping into an opaque liquid. Watch for an eerie scene in which Lansing walks slowly across a room towards an intended victim, passing through tables and chairs.


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