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Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | August 1960 (USA)
Peter Carter meets official resistance when he finds his 9 year old daughter has been the victim of the pedophile patriarch of the town's most powerful family.

Director:

Cyril Frankel

Writers:

John Hunter (screenplay), Roger Garis (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwen Watford ... Sally Carter
Patrick Allen ... Peter Carter
Felix Aylmer ... Clarence Olderberry Sr.
Niall MacGinnis ... Defense Counsel
Alison Leggatt Alison Leggatt ... Martha
Bill Nagy ... Clarence Olderberry Jr
Michael Gwynn ... Prosecutor
Budd Knapp ... Hammond
MacDonald Parke MacDonald Parke ... Judge
Estelle Brody Estelle Brody ... Eunice Kalliduke
Helen Horton ... Sylvia Kingsley
Robert Arden ... Tom Demarest
Gaylord Cavallaro Gaylord Cavallaro ... Neal Phillips
Vera Cook Vera Cook ... Mrs. Demarest
Janina Faye ... Jean Carter
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Storyline

Jean Carter, nine-year-old daughter of the town's newly-appointed school principal, Peter Carter and his wife Sally, is playing in the woods with her 11-year-old friend Lucille, when Jean discovers she has lost her purse containing her "candy" money. Lucille tells her she knows where they can get sweets for nothing, and leads her to an imposing mansion, from which the owner, Clarence Olderberry, Sr., a tall, gaunt man of 70 has been watching the girls from a window. That night Jean, unable to sleep, tells her parents that Oldeberry made her and Lucille dance before him nude in exchange for some candy. Carter files a complaint, but the local police chief, Captain Hammond, is skeptical of Jean's story and warns Carter that the Oldenberry family put the town on the map and have far more standing in the community than the new-comer Carters. Oldenberry, Jr. also tells Carter that if he follows up on the complaint he may be certain that Oldenberry's lawyers will show Jean no mercy. In the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Nightmare Manhunt For Maniac Prowler! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Never Take Candy from a Stranger See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On its original release, the film made little impact at the box-office and its press was mainly negative. This was partly because at the time the issue of paedophilia and child sexual abuse was a great taboo, rarely referred to or spoken about, and merely to produce a film dealing openly with the issue was deemed sordid and distasteful. See more »

Goofs

When Martha returns home after her aborted attempt to go to the hairdresser and she sits down, a shadow of the boom microphone is briefly visible on the stone wall behind Sally. See more »

Quotes

Martha: This isn't an ordinary crime like burglary or a holdup.
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Referenced in Danger Man: The Lovers (1960) See more »

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Long ago viewing of unforgettable film
17 August 2000 | by Castor-11See all my reviews

It is well over 30 years since I saw this film, and from time to time have tried to track it down within this IMDB system, but, until now, due to its title (I've always identified it as "The Pony Cart", the title of the original play),was frustrated in my search.

I'm a bit hazy about some of the details, but I do remember it being a gritty cautionary tale of two missing children...it is grimly realistic, without being exploitive, and years ahead of its time, in warning of, when it comes to children's safety, who can one trust?

Its story is set in Canada, thus leading me to the impression that it was a Canadian production - it is, in fact, English, and all concerned did a splendid job with a harrowing tale.

I can't recall ever seeing it advertised as appearing on t.v., or anywhere else, so it maybe it's gone where many other good films go - celluloid heaven, leaving us with lots of garbage which drifts around forever.


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