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Face of Fire (1959)

 -  Drama  -  9 August 1959 (USA)
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A local handyman saves a child in a fire, but the burns he receives disfigure his face so much that the townspeople avoid him.

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Ned Trescott
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Monk Johnson
Bettye Ackerman ...
Grace Trescott
Miko Oscard ...
Jimmie Trescott
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Jake Winter
Robert F. Simon ...
The Judge (as Robert Simon)
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Al Williams
Howard Smith ...
Sheriff Nolan
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Ethel Winter
Jill Donohue ...
Bella Kovac
Harold Kasket
Althea Orr ...
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Charles Fawcett
Vernon Young
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A local handyman saves a child in a fire, but the burns he receives disfigure his face so much that the townspeople avoid him.

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Rare faithful adaptation
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Having been stung by a few efforts of my own, it is rare outside of educational or PBS to see a film faithful to its literary source like Face of Fire, based on Stephen Crane's story, The Monster. Albert Band's direction sets the atmosphere of small town 1890's America down to the last detail. James Whitmore plays Monk, a hired hand who burns his face rescuing the doctor's son from a horrendous fire. No cures of the time can restore his face so his sweetheart and the townspeople who once admired him soon turn into a lynch mob when women and children frightened by seeing him injure themselves. Monk was a Negro in Crane's story, though, the only detail which might have elevated the film to a racial allegory. The boy's transformation from fear and ignorance back to his kindness and friendship for Monk are a heart string-tugging depiction indeed with photography comparable to Orson Welles' Magnificent Ambersons or Igmar Bergman movies. Filmed in Sweden with excellent music from Erik Nordstrom.


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