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The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970)

GP  -  Mystery | Thriller  -  18 February 1970 (UK)
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Harold Pelham encounters a duplicate of himself in the aftermath of a car crash. After that moment his life is upset.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Hildegard Neil ...
Eve Pelham
Alastair Mackenzie ...
Michael Pelham
Hugh Mackenzie ...
James Pelham
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Luigi
Thorley Walters ...
Frank Bellamy
Anton Rodgers ...
Tony Alexander
Olga Georges-Picot ...
Julie Anderson
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Dr. Harris - Psychiatrist
John Welsh ...
Sir Charles Freeman
Edward Chapman ...
Barton
Laurence Hardy ...
Mason
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Jameson
Gerald Sim ...
Morrison
Ruth Trouncer ...
Miss Bird, Pelham's secretary
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Storyline

While driving one evening, Harold Pelham appears possessed and has a car accident. While on the operating table, there even appears to be two heartbeats on the monitor. When he awakes, Pelham finds his life has been turned upside-down: he learns that he now supports a merger that he once opposed, and that he apparently is having an affair. People claim they have seen him in places that he has never been. Does Pelham have a doppelganger - or is he going insane? Written by Jack Yan <jack.yan@jyanet.com>

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Mystery | Thriller

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18 February 1970 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Luta de Um Homem  »

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£400,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.85 : 1
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The film was made and released about thirteen years after its source novel "The Strange Case of Mr Pelham" by Anthony Armstrong had been first published in 1957, and fifteen years after that novel's source story, "The Case of Mr Pelham", written also by Armstrong, had been used for an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)_ [See: Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Case of Mr. Pelham (1955)]. See more »

Goofs

As Pelham drives at high speed along the M4 motorway, he passes the same light blue Sunbeam Alpine and a red car at least four times. See more »

Quotes

Harold Pelham: Espionage isn't all James Bond on Her Majesty's Secret Service. Industry goes in for it too, you know.
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Hildegard Neil appearing as Eva Pelham by permission of the Royal Shakespeare Co. See more »

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Basil Dearden meets Roger Corman
3 May 2007 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

Roger Moore plays a man whose other half (the half with panache) finally wins control over his body, a body that was nearly killed (actually dies on the operating table for a few seconds) in a ferocious (and excitingly filmed) car crash. A conservative and safety conscious partner in a London engineering firm, he's let life slip by a bit too much, not making love with his wife, passing up on the chance to score with God knows how many beautiful young women, the one here being a photographer, and myriad other potentialities. Well the other Moore, (more like Bond) gets a shot at the life force after the accident, and the first one (Mr. Conservative) is increasingly bewildered at reports of sightings of him here and there, when he was somewhere else. Fighting for his family, his work, his reputation, and his sanity, he has most viewers rooting for him to come out on top. The two sides finally have it out in a brilliant conclusion, one in a Bentley (or Rolls) and the other in an Astin (or Lotus), that reaches classic cinematic proportions in this high class Cormanesque near masterpiece.


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