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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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Hammer drama

This fine drama as well as "Cash on Demand" are, in my opinion, two of the best dramas produced by the Hammer Film, though not as well known as Joseph Losey's science-fiction drama"The Damned", or Michael Carreras' thriller "Maniac", which had casts with better known actors as Kerwin Mathews, Viveca Lindfors, Macdonald Carey, Nadia Gray and Alexander Knox. In the line of New York scholar Ruth Goldberg's recent studies of the evolution of horror film, this is definitely a precursor to her approach, according to which characters from films as "No Country for Old Men", "Safe", "Fargo", "Precious", "Monster", and others, are really monsters that convey the feeling of horror found in the traditional motion pictures of this genre. The old man (Felix Aylmer) who abuses two little girls, who is taken to court, and finally follows them in the woods, is definitely one of the most terrifying monsters to come out of Hammer Film. If it still works today as an effective and startling drama, in 1960 it must have been shocking to audiences. Very good black & white widescreen cinematography by maestro Freddie Francis ("The Innocents", "The Elephant Man"). Don't miss it.


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