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Among the Living (1941)

A mentally unstable man, who has been kept in isolation for years, escapes and causes trouble for his identical twin brother.

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Stuart Heisler

Writers:

Lester Cole (screenplay), Garrett Fort (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Albert Dekker ... John Raden / Paul Raden
Susan Hayward ... Millie Pickens
Harry Carey ... Dr. Ben Saunders
Frances Farmer ... Elaine Raden
Gordon Jones ... Bill Oakley
Jean Phillips ... Peggy Nolan
Ernest Whitman Ernest Whitman ... Pompey
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. Pickens
Frank M. Thomas ... Sheriff
Harlan Briggs ... Judge
Archie Twitchell ... Tom Reilly
Dorothy Sebastian ... Woman in Cafe
William Stack William Stack ... Minister
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Paul Raden (Albert Dekker), hopelessly insane son of Maxim Raden, hated owner of the Radentown mills, is in a strait jacket in a secret room in the family mansion, while the body of his father is lowered into a grave. Twenty-five years earlier, the brutal father had hurled Paul against a wall when the young boy had tried to defend his mother and, with his brain injured forever, Paul's last memory, before descending into the shadows on insanity, was his mother's agonized scream. At the graveside are Dr. Ben Saunders (Harry Carey), Paul's twin brother John (Albert Dekker) and John's wife Elaine (Frances Farmer). Pompey (Ernest Whitman'), the family servant who has cared for and guarded Paul and kept the family secret for a quarter of a century,watches from afar. That night Dr. Saunders tells John that his twin, who he thought dead, is alive as the father, refusing to commit him to an institution, had bribed the doctor to sign a false death certificate and then bury another child's body ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Herança do Ódio See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. This film's initial television broadcasts took place in Chicago Monday 9 January 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2) followed by Omaha 11 January 1959 on KETV (Channel 7); sponsor resistance to its unsavory theme limited its airings, but it nevertheless surfaced in Asheville 20 May 1959 on WLOS, in Seattle 17 August 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), in Detroit 8 October 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Johnstown 15 October 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), and in Milwaukee 19 Octob er 1959 on WITI (Channel 6). See more »

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Mrs. Pickens: I had one of them Frenchmen living here last year. Honest to goodness every time you'd turn 'round, that Frenchman was grabbin' your hand and kissing until he'd like to pull the skin off.
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Fairly primitive doppelganger thriller, interesting for early Susan Hayward
4 December 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Just what sort of movie is Among the Living? It's not that easy to determine. This short (67 minute) 1941 offering is part thirties gothic and part early noir; in any case it's fairly primitive but it has its moments. Albert Dekker (his screen debut) plays twin brothers, one of whom, presumed dead for a quarter-century, is an infantile psychotic. He's been sequestered away in the decrepit family pile all these years but manages to escape, taking up residence in a rooming house owned by the young Susan Hayward's mother. When it looks like the gibbering idiot has money to burn, Hayward sets her hat for him. The most interesting facet of the film is watching Susan Hayward play her speciality, an on-screen hellion, particularly since Frances Farmer, gets wasted as the proper and dutiful wife of the "good" Albert Dekker. Much mayhem ensues, revolving around the confusion between the brothers (the existence of one of whom, remember, has been a deep dark secret). Toward the end, the film develops an ugly energy as the townspeople coalesce into a lynch mob, but, beware: this is not Fritz Lang's Fury. By modern standards, Among the Living has become a curio.


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