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Man in the Dark (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 9 April 1953 (USA)
Many interested parties are after the loot from a factory payroll heist but the mobster who hid it has amnesia after undergoing experimental brain surgery in the prison hospital.

Director:

Lew Landers

Writers:

George Bricker (screenplay), Jack Leonard (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmond O'Brien ... Steve Rawley
Audrey Totter ... Peg Benedict
Ted de Corsia ... Lefty
Horace McMahon ... Arnie
Nick Dennis ... Cookie
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... Dr. Marston
Dan Riss ... Jawald
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Storyline

A thug is convicted and undergoes experimental brain surgery to remove the criminal element in his brain. The operation wipes out all memories of his past life, including where he stashed the loot. He is abducted by his gang and they try to beat the truth out of him. His memories return in the form of weird dreams, and he and his old girlfriend track down the clues to find the money. Written by Ed Lorusso

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TAKEN FOR A RIDE...on a roller-coaster! in 3 DIMENSIONS (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man Who Lived Twice See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a separately filmed trailer, Edmond O'Brien talks to the audience about the film and about "Three Dimension". See more »

Goofs

During the chase when Steve is abducted, one of the crooks leans out of the car and fires nine shots at the cops from a six-shot revolver. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally released in 3D, in prints that were sepia-toned. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Man Who Lived Twice (1936) See more »

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Memories of You
18 April 2019 | by dballtwoSee all my reviews

Dumb script, cheap sets, black-and-white, second bananas. They all add up to the question: why did Columbia bother with this project at all? Especially in 3-D! Edmond O'Brien is a gangster whose criminal urge is removed surgically, a groundbreaking process that also wipes clean his memory. His hoodlum pals don't believe it, as well they shouldn't, and systematically beat the tar out of him for his forgotten secrets. It's all good for an unintended laugh, and in fact, this could have made a first rate comedy if anybody had realized how ridiculous it was. The cast do what they can under the circumstances, but probably wished they could forget the whole thing.


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