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How Awful About Allan (1970)

After an eight-month stay in a mental hospital, a tormented man comes home to live with his sister; but a mysterious boarder may be trying to kill him.

Director:

Curtis Harrington

Writers:

Henry Farrell (teleplay), Henry Farrell (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Perkins ... Allan
Julie Harris ... Katherine
Joan Hackett ... Olive
Kent Smith ... Raymond
Robert H. Harris ... Dr. Ellins
Molly Dodd ... Inmate
Billy Bowles Billy Bowles ... Harold Dennis
Trent Dolan Trent Dolan ... Eric
Bill Erwin ... Dr. Ames (as William Erwin)
Jeannette Howe Jeannette Howe ... Katherine - Child
Kenneth Lawrence Kenneth Lawrence ... Allan - Child
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Storyline

After a fire which killed his father and scarred his sister, a guilt-ridden victim of psychosomatic blindness is released from a mental hospital and goes back home to stay with his estranged sister. However, it appears that someone is out for revenge and wants to drive him crazy. Written by alfiehitchie

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Allan, Wouldn't You Be Better Off Dead? See more »

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Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violent images and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Che succede al povero Allan? See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Anthony Perkins had special contact lenses made that he could barely see through, so he'd actually be nearly blind while filming his scenes. He popped the lenses in just prior to filming and was led onto the set by a crew member. See more »

Goofs

When Katherine and Olive go to Allan's room after Allan destroys the tape recorder, you hear the firm knocking on the door before Katherine even touches the door and after she touches the door. See more »

Quotes

[after rescuing his sister from a house fire]
Allan: I'm blind.
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Good cast trapped in BLAND TV movie.
9 July 2003 | by capkronosSee all my reviews

Allan (Anthony Perkins) is blamed for an accidental fire that killed his father (Kent Smith), disfigured his sister (Julie Harris, who wears a plastic device over part of her face) and landed him in an institution. Eight months later, partially blind and guilt-stricken, he's let out of an institution and rents a room from his estranged sibling in an effort to put his life back together, but someone is out for revenge and wants to drive him crazy. Is it his darling sis? Friendly neighbor/ex-girlfriend Olive (Joan Hackett)? The creepy new boarder? The father back from the grave? Or is it just in Allan's mind?

Perkins can do the paranoid/fragile/slipping-sanity act in sleep and Harris and Hackett offer good support, but this telepic is dull, light on plot and fizzles out way before the finale. Blurry POV shots and murky photography make for a pretty oppressive viewing experience. Henry Farrell adapted his novel of the same name. Aaron Spelling was the executive producer.


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