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The Mark (1961)

Approved | | Drama | 8 June 1961 (West Germany)
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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Jim Fuller
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Ruth Leighton
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Dr. Edmund McNally
Brenda de Banzie ...
Gertrude Cartwright
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Austin
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Andrew Clive
Paul Rogers ...
Roy Milne
Maurice Denham ...
Arnold Cartwright
Amanda Black ...
Janie Leighton
Marie Devereux ...
Ellen
Bill Foley ...
Mr. Fontaine
Anne Monaghan ...
Mrs. Fontaine
Josephine Frayne ...
Patricia Elmsworth
Eddie Byrne ...
Akers
Bandana Das Gupta ...
Inez
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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 <dbeaman@cwnet.com>

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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 »

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When Jim is talking with Gertrude while she is knitting, as the camera is looking over his shoulder at Gertrude, his hands are down in his lap. When the scene shifts to when the camera is looking over Gertrude's shoulder at Jim, his hands are up, touching his chin. See more »

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Like a "Scarlet Letter" for our time
28 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is such a great, intelligent, courageous film, about so much that's right and wrong in our culture - good parenting, disastrous parenting, thoughtless media, unthinking prejudgments, psychology grounded in reality not dogma, fear, ignorance, innocence, love, hate, and the reach for deep inner joy and redemption. This is besides the great acting on the part of everyone involved, and the great direction, script, and cinematography. The film is not what the subject matter might lead someone to believe. I guess it's not better known because it is in part such an indictment of our anxieties, unthinking cruelty, and self-righteous morality - without condoning in the least the guilt at the heart of the central tragedy. It should and does make viewers uneasy - not because we're all repressed criminals at heart, but because we so often, as individuals and as a culture, refuse to look deeper than appearances, settling for inanities and superficial distractions, ignoring the profound possibilities for the growth of nobility we're all capable of, no matter what we've done. It may seem unrealistic to some, considering the kind of crime it revolves around and the nature of many if not most such criminals, but that's just the point - so often, without bothering to really investigate, we think we know enough to label and condemn.


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