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Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by... See more »

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Horace Woodruff Vendig
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Vic Lambdin
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Martha Burnside / Mallory Flagg
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Buck Mansfield
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Christa Mansfield
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Susan Duane
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Mr. Burnside
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Mrs. Burnside
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Pete Vendig
Joyce Arling ...
Kate Vendig
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Bruce McDonald
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Horace Vendig as Child (as Bob Anderson)
Arthur Stone ...
Vic Lambdin as Child
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Martha Burnside as Child
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Libby Sims
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J. Norton Sims (as Fred Worlock)
John Good ...
Bradford Duane
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Lawyer Nevin (uncredited)
Douglas Evans ...
George (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ...
Phillips, Mansfield's Servant (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Man in Office (uncredited)
George McDonald ...
Freddie Atwood, Piano Student (uncredited)
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Prescott (uncredited)
Fred Nurney ...
Mrs. Vendig's Lover (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ...
Servant (uncredited)
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Political Dinner Dais Attendee (uncredited)

Directed by

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Edgar G. Ulmer

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Dayton Stoddart ... (novel "Prelude to Night")
 
S.K. Lauren ... (screenplay) and
Gordon Kahn ... (screenplay)
 
Alvah Bessie ... (screenplay) (originally uncredited)

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Joseph Justman ... associate producer
Arthur S. Lyons ... producer

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Werner Janssen

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Bert Glennon ... director of photography

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Francis D. Lyon ... supervising editor

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Barbara Canterbury

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Frank Paul Sylos ... (as Frank Sylos)

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Don Loper

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Helen Lierly ... hair stylist (as Helen Lierley)
Robert Littlefield ... makeup artist (as Bob Littlefield)

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Marty Moss ... assistant director

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Edward R. Robinson ... set dresser (as Ray Robinson)

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Max M. Hutchinson ... sound director (as Max Hutchinson)

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William Simpson ... special effects

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Wilbur Bradley ... camera operator (uncredited)
C.O. Morris ... grip (uncredited)
Morrison B. Paul ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Paul Dessau ... musical supervisor
Werner Janssen ... conductor: The Janssen Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles

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Hugh MacMullan ... special assistant to director
Shirley Ulmer ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by richer neighbours he started to exhibit an obsessive and selfish urge to make more and more money, loving and leaving women at will to further this end. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines Lovely! (Diana Lynn) Reckless! (Lucille Bremer) Loyal! (Louis Hayward) Power-Mad! (Zachary Scott) Vicious! (Sydney Greenstreet) Innocent! (Martha Vickers) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Prelude to Night (United States)
  • L'impitoyable (France)
  • Skrupellos (Germany)
  • Traición (Spain)
  • Häikäilemätön (Finland)
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  • 104 min
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Trivia Buck Mansfield quotes twice from the Bible. The first occasion is when he is being 'pursued by his creditors' and he reads from Proverbs 31:10 -12 and 21 (...Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies....). The second instance is when he speaks to the bartender at Vendig's function and the quote is from Obadiah 1: 2-4 (...Though you set your nest among the stars, From there I will bring you down ...). See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Let's Go to the Movies (1949). See more »
Quotes Mrs. Burnside: [to unhappy young Horace] Be brave. Be a man.
Horace Vendig as Child: I don't want to be a man. Never! I wish there weren't any men in the whole world.
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