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Face of Fire (1959)

A local handyman saves a child in a fire, but the burns he receives disfigure his face so much that the townspeople avoid him.

Director:

Albert Band

Writers:

Albert Band, Stephen Crane (story "The Monster") | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Mitchell ... Ned Trescott
James Whitmore ... Monk Johnson
Bettye Ackerman ... Grace Trescott
Miko Oscard Miko Oscard ... Jimmie Trescott
Royal Dano ... Jake Winter
Robert F. Simon ... The Judge (as Robert Simon)
Richard Erdman ... Al Williams
Howard Smith ... Sheriff Nolan
Lois Maxwell ... Ethel Winter
Jill Donohue Jill Donohue ... Bella Kovac
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Reifsnyder, the barber
Aletha Orr Aletha Orr
Charles Fawcett Charles Fawcett
Vernon Young Vernon Young
Robert Trebor
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In 1898, in a small American town, Dr. Ned Trescott and his family live a quiet life. The family employs Monk Johnson as a handyman who also spends time with Dr. Trescott's son, Jimmie and is considered part of the family. Monk and Jimmie enjoy going fishing. Monk's fiancée, Bella, plans to marry him.One day, Monk goes to Bella's house to propose and she accepts. On his way back home, Monk hears clanging fire bells shattering the calm evening and sees the townspeople gathering at the Trescott house which is ablaze. Dr. Trescott and his wife are safe but their son is trapped inside the burning house. Monk runs inside the burning house and fetches Jimmie. But the flames block their exits and Monk must find an alternative escape route through Dr. Trescott's homemade basement lab. In the lab, Monk stumbles and falls. Chemicals on a table explode burning Monk's face. Dr. Trescott rushes into the basement lab through the back door and grabs Jimmie. Firemen save Monk but his face is badly ... Written by nufs68

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Sweden | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Face of the Fire See more »

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AGA Sound System | Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Stage and television actress Bettye Ackerman made her motion picture debut in this film. See more »

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Absorbing, offbeat "what-if" story.
11 October 1999 | by Hup234!See all my reviews

At times, a minor production such as "Marty" becomes a popular classic. That pleasant fate should have befallen "Face of Fire", which is four years newer. Somehow, though, this film is nearly unknown, and the reasons for that escape me. Whatever Graces there are that smile upon certain smaller productions, elevating them to must-see status, have certainly not been equitable. Has anyone ever seen a film in which James Whitmore and Royal Dano are anything less than terrific? I saw "Face of Fire" in theatrical release, as the second half of a double feature. (The main feature? I've forgotten. But "Face of Fire" remains forever burned into memory.) It's thought-provoking, disturbing, and highly recommended to all.


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