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Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960)

Unrated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | August 1960 (USA)
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 overview, first billed only:
Gwen Watford ...
Sally Carter
Patrick Allen ...
Peter Carter
Felix Aylmer ...
Clarence Olderberry Sr.
Niall MacGinnis ...
Defense Counsel
Alison Leggatt ...
Clarence Olderberry Jr
Michael Gwynn ...
Budd Knapp ...
MacDonald Parke ...
Estelle Brody ...
Eunice Kalliduke
Helen Horton ...
Sylvia Kingsley
Tom Demarest
Gaylord Cavallaro ...
Neal Phillips
Vera Cook ...
Mrs. Demarest
Janina Faye ...
Jean Carter


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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Release Date:

August 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Never Take Candy from a Stranger  »

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


[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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Incredible Thriller
25 May 2012 | by (Georgia, USA) – See all my reviews

If you think all Hammer films are vampires and werewolves and Frankenstein - think again. Hammer made all kinds of films. No doubt the Cushing/Lee films are classics, but some of these lesser known thrillers are masterpiece low budget films. I truly wish the Hollywood of today would take some notes from these thrillers and realize that with a great script and competent actors you can have an excellent film without spending a fortune. This film is especially terrifying if you are the parent of a child under 15. A new family moves into town, the father taking up post as the new schoolmaster. Their young daughter makes friends with a local girl and all seems well. But this town hides a decades old secret. As with many small towns there is one family that is the town patriarch. The founders. The family that has their hands in every pie in town. And this patriarchal family wields their power like a hammer. They also have a family member with problems that they expect the town to turn a deaf ear to. Felix Aylmer, a wonderful British character actor gives a sit on the edge of your seat performance as the creepy Clarence Elderberry, Sr., without uttering one single word in the entire film. Without being explicit, gory, or using foul language, Hammer presents a gut wrenchingly terrifying film that also serves as a timely public service announcement! Another great one to watch on a cold, dark, stormy afternoon. This movie will stick with you and make you ever aware of your children's whereabouts.

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