The Mark (1961)

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A man who served prison time for intent to molest a child tries to build a new life with the help of a sympathetic psychiatrist.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Fuller
Brenda de Banzie ...
Gertrude Cartwright
Maurice Denham ...
Arnold Cartwright
Bandana Das Gupta ...
Andrew Clive
Ruth Leighton
Paul Rogers ...
Roy Milne
Dr. Edmund McNally
Eddie Byrne ...
Harry Baird ...
Al Mulock ...
Anne Monaghan ...
Mrs. Fontaine
Bill Foley ...
Mr. Fontaine
Marie Devereux ...
Josephine Frayne ...
Patricia Elmsworth


This is the story of a 33 year old man, Jim Fuller, released from prison after serving a three year term for intent to commit child molestation. Fuller is assisted by the prison psychiatrist in obtaining a position. He does well in this position and falls in love with the secretary of the owner of the company. A child is molested and beaten in the town where he now lives and the police pick him up for questioning. He has an alibi and is released, but a reporter who covered his former trial recognizes him. The reporter begins to follow him and reports that Fuller spent time alone with the daughter of his girl friend. Written by Dennis Beaman <>

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A film which doesn't 'protect' you from the truth!




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Release Date:

8 June 1961 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Gebrandmarkt  »

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The lead role was originally intended for Richard Burton, who had to drop out because of a stage commitment. See more »


Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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See this one and then see new Woodsman movie
12 January 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This movie deals well with an unpopular but sadly common problem in our society. Child molestation is repulsive and rightfully condemned by society; but, short of executing the offenders, what can be done to prevent the offenders from harming others? Stuart Whitman plays the paroled molester as a very troubled man trying to control his sexual disease with the help of his psychiatrist (Rod Steiger)and also tries to establish a normal relationship with a mature woman (Maria Schell). There are very good performances in this movie by Whitman and Rod Steiger especially, with very good supporting performance from Maria Schell. It will be interesting to compare this movie with the new movie on the same subject starring Kevin Bacon as the paroled child molester.

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