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Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  -  August 1960 (USA)
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Peter Carter meets official resistance when he finds his 9 year old daughter has been the victim of the pedophile patriarch of the town's most powerful family.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwen Watford ...
Sally Carter
Patrick Allen ...
Peter Carter
Felix Aylmer ...
Clarence Olderberry Sr.
Niall MacGinnis ...
Defense Counsel
Alison Leggatt ...
Martha
Bill Nagy ...
Clarence Jr
Michael Gwynn ...
Prosecutor
Budd Knapp ...
Hammond
MacDonald Parke ...
Judge
Estelle Brody ...
Eunice Kalliduke
Helen Horton ...
Sylvia Kingsley
Robert Arden ...
Tom Demarest
Gaylord Cavallaro ...
Neal Phillips
Vera Cook ...
Mrs. Demarest
Janina Faye ...
Jean Carter
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Jean Carter, nine-year-old daughter of the town's newly-appointed school principal, Peter Carter and his wife Sally, is playing in the woods with her 11-year-old friend Lucille, when Jean discovers she has lost her purse containing her "candy" money. Lucille tells her she knows where they can get sweets for nothing, and leads her to an imposing mansion, from which the owner, Clarence Olderberry, Sr., a tall, gaunt man of 70 has been watching the girls from a window. That night Jean, unable to sleep, tells her parents that Oldeberry made her and Lucille dance before him nude in exchange for some candy. Carter files a complaint, but the local police chief, Captain Hammond, is skeptical of Jean's story and warns Carter that the Oldenberry family put the town on the map and have far more standing in the community than the new-comer Carters. Oldenberry, Jr. also tells Carter that if he follows up on the complaint he may be certain that Oldenberry's lawyers will show Jean no mercy. In the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Never Take Candy from a Stranger  »

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When Martha returns home after her aborted attempt to go to the hairdresser and she sits down, a shadow of the boom microphone is briefly visible on the stone wall behind Sally. See more »

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[Peter brings Jean home. The police and many town people gather around. Sally hugs Jean. Clarence Olderberry Jr. approaches them, grief-stricken and distraught after discovering what his father did to Lucille]
Clarence Jr: [to Peter and Sally] He killed her! My father... he killed that little girl!
Sally Carter: Ho, no!
Jean Carter: Mommy... I was frightened.
Sally Carter: [hugs Jean closely] It's alright, darling. You're safe now. You're home.
[Sally takes Jean into the house]
Sally Carter: Excuse me.
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Long ago viewing of unforgettable film
17 August 2000 | by (Victoria B.C.) – See all my reviews

It is well over 30 years since I saw this film, and from time to time have tried to track it down within this IMDB system, but, until now, due to its title (I've always identified it as "The Pony Cart", the title of the original play),was frustrated in my search.

I'm a bit hazy about some of the details, but I do remember it being a gritty cautionary tale of two missing children...it is grimly realistic, without being exploitive, and years ahead of its time, in warning of, when it comes to children's safety, who can one trust?

Its story is set in Canada, thus leading me to the impression that it was a Canadian production - it is, in fact, English, and all concerned did a splendid job with a harrowing tale.

I can't recall ever seeing it advertised as appearing on t.v., or anywhere else, so it maybe it's gone where many other good films go - celluloid heaven, leaving us with lots of garbage which drifts around forever.


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