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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 Olderberry 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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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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Bold Drama.
21 November 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Cyril Frankel directed this still bold drama set in England. Two Pre-teen girls named Jean & Lucille are playing in the woods when they learn that they can get free candy from the old man in the mansion. His name is Clarence Oldenberry Sr.(played by Felix Alymer) and unfortunately he is also a pedophile, and their parents learn later had the girls dance nude for him in exchange for candy. Outraged, Jean's parents Peter & Sally Carter inform the authorities, but are told that because the family are huge town supporters, that filing charges would be unwise. Undeterred, the Carters file charges, with unforeseen consequences for all... Provocative film remains quite daring, but is made with intelligence and restraint, and sadly also remains quite timely as well. An unusual but worthwhile film from Hammer studios.


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