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The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970)

GP | | Thriller | 1970 (Argentina)
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Harold Pelham encounters a duplicate of himself in the aftermath of a car crash. After that moment, his life is upset.

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Basil Dearden

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Anthony Armstrong (based on "The Case of Mr. Pelham" by), Basil Dearden (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... Pelham
Hildegard Neil Hildegard Neil ... Eve
Alastair Mackenzie Alastair Mackenzie ... Michael
Hugh Mackenzie Hugh Mackenzie ... James
Kevork Malikyan ... Luigi
Thorley Walters Thorley Walters ... Bellamy
Anton Rodgers ... Alexander
Olga Georges-Picot ... Julie
Freddie Jones ... Psychiatrist
John Welsh ... Sir Charles Freeman
Edward Chapman ... Barton
Laurence Hardy Laurence Hardy ... Mason
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Jameson
Gerald Sim Gerald Sim ... Morrison
Ruth Trouncer Ruth Trouncer ... Pelham's Secretary
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Storyline

While driving one evening, Harold Pelham appears possessed and has a car accident. While on the operating table, there even appears to be two heartbeats on the monitor. When he awakes, Pelham finds his life has been turned upside-down: he learns that he now supports a merger that he once opposed, and that he apparently is having an affair. People claim they have seen him in places that he has never been. Does Pelham have a doppelganger - or is he going insane? Written by Jack Yan <jack.yan@jyanet.com>

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You will live every shattering moment of terror with... The Man Who Haunted Himself. See more »

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Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1970 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Mann jagt sich selbst See more »

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Budget:

£400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In addition to being adapted for television in 1955 as a segment of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", one of the few directed by Hitchcock, and only about a fifth of the length of this film version, the original short story by Anthony Armstrong was the basis for a British television play of the same year, and had earlier been adapted for television in 1948. All three television versions saw the story as a bizarre black comedy, rather than as a straight thriller or horror story, like this film. See more »

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Just before Pelham's car crashes near the beginning of the film, he forces a Mercedes to move aside from the outside lane to the middle lane, then within seconds he crashes into a barrier. No such barrier would exist on a British motorway and the sequence of events would have led to the Mercedes crashing anyway had this car not been forced to change lanes by Pelham. See more »

Quotes

The Doppelganger: [on the phone] This is Pelham speaking, who is this?
Harold Pelham: I'm Pelham I'm speaking from my office... Who are you?
The Doppelganger: I told you, I am Pelham.
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Crazy Credits

"(By permission of The Royal Shakespeare Co.)" underneath Hildegard Neil's name in the end credits. See more »

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Crackerjack suspense story

Despite the extremely improbable premise, this 1970 film boasts one of Roger Moore's most accomplished performances.

The plot, which centres around a staid businessman who "dies" for a few seconds on the operating table following a car crash, recovers and eventually finds out that a doppelganger is intruding in his life, is bizarre, but it is executed with such conviction and believability that the audience is entertained from start to finish.

The suspense builds feverishly, as the doppelganger's intrusive actions increase to an alarming level, whilst Moore's performance is one of eye-popping, progressive hysteria. He steals all the scenes he is in, with the supporting cast being merely bystanders (with the possible exception of the ever-dependable Freddie Jones an an eccentric psychiatrist).

The feeling of helplessness is excellently conveyed and well-maintained right up until the end. The film's resolution is stark and hard-hitting and because it is one we might not have anticipated, the film's credibility is maintained despite the obvious far-fetched nature of the story. However, two car accidents at pivotal moments in the film is a little bit hard-to-stomach and accept!!

Obviously under-rated as a film spectacle by critics, this little gem of a thriller plays with your emotions and keeps you guessing all the way through. I doubt whether Roger Moore has performed a role better than this since.


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