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The Glass Tomb (1955)

The Glass Cage (original title)
Not Rated | | Mystery | 15 April 1955 (USA)
Crowds flock to a carnival sideshow to see "The Starving Man", a heavyset man who claims he can go 70 days without eating. However, a couple of murders occur at the carnival, resulting in the police becoming involved.

Director:

Montgomery Tully

Writers:

Richard H. Landau (screenplay), A.E. Martin (novel)
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Cast overview:
John Ireland ... Pel Pelham
Honor Blackman ... Jenny Pelham
Geoffrey Keen ... Harry Stanton
Eric Pohlmann ... Henri Sapolio
Sidney James ... Tony Lewis
Liam Redmond ... Inspector Lindley
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Rorke (as Sidney Tafler)
Valerie Vernon Valerie Vernon ... Bella
Arnold Marlé Arnold Marlé ... Pop Maroni (scenes deleted)
Nora Gordon Nora Gordon ... Marie Sapolio
Sam Kydd ... George
Ferdy Mayne ... Bertie
Tonia Bern ... Rena Maroni
Arthur Howard Arthur Howard ... Rutland
Stan Little Stan Little ... Mickelwitz (as Stanley Little)
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Storyline

'Pel' Pelham is a veteran carnival barker who's happily married and desperately wants a good education for his young son. With money borrowed from bookie Tony Lewis, he persuades Sapolio, a professional "starving man," to attempt to break his own world's record of 65 days without food. Pel, a natural promoter, persuades a real estate broker to donate land for the show, which will feature Sapolio inside a glass cage housed in a tent to be ogled by the curious paying public. Prior to the start of the ordeal, Sapolio and his wife throw a party in their flat. When a girl in an upstairs apartment is murdered, suspicion falls on Pel and Tony Lewis, the girl's former boyfriend. Sapolio unknowingly has glimpsed the murderer, but initially cannot remember what he looked like. That makes "The Starving Man" a target for the real killer. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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JAGGED EDGE OF VIOLENCE!...THAT SHATTERS THE SCREEN WITH SUSPENSE! (original USA print ad for "The Glass Tomb")

Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Pel Pelham: Look, Lindley, you do your job; I'll do mine. I could never do your job because I'd always be for the underdog.
Lindley: That could be a dangerous dog sometimes.
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Freak show the society's underground!!!
21 April 2019 | by elo-equipamentosSee all my reviews

This picture touchs wisely in the society's underground self called freak show, which the mankind has an irresistible attraction to the bizarre, the unknown, the occult, John Ireland has in his veins this obsession to take ahead this odd entertainment taking a top billing "the Starving Man" a private party was made by the mates to celebrate opening show, but a murder was committed in upper floor has been realize by Starving man, now in danger, strangely besides a low budge production this one hold us like a magnet due so weird happenings, a British noir largely ostracized over the bad press in such field, whatever happens has their enchants, underrated here but has enough elements to enjoy the picture, needs a restoration!!!

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First watch: 2019 / How many: 1 / Source: DVD / Rating: 7


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1955 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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