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The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (1970)

Emile Pulska is visiting his old friend Abe Stillman. During the visit they are attacked and Emile is struck senseless. When he wakes up he is told that Abe is dead, dead by natural causes,... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Grauman

Writers:

Luther Davis (teleplay), Arnold Horwitt (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward G. Robinson ... Emile Pulska
Martin Balsam ... Stanley Pulska
Diane Baker ... Peggy Pulska
Ruth Roman ... Lois
Percy Rodrigues ... Frank Jones
Sam Jaffe ... Abe Stillman
Edward Asner ... Dr. Morheim
Martin E. Brooks ... Hudson F. Ewing
Paul Picerni ... Det. Green
Robert Yuro Robert Yuro ... Det. Seroly
William Elliott ... Carl (as Bill Elliott)
James A. Watson Jr. ... Leon
Naomi Stevens ... Mrs. Raspili
Virginia Christine ... Miss Cummings
Jay C. Flippen ... Pawnbroker (as J.C. Flippen)
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Emile Pulska is visiting his old friend Abe Stillman. During the visit they are attacked and Emile is struck senseless. When he wakes up he is told that Abe is dead, dead by natural causes, the doctors tell him. When Emile insists that they were attacked, his relatives try to give him psychiatric help. Emile decides to try to find the killers himself, but someone is watching his every step... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'homme qui crait au loup See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Conspiracy drama with nobody but the audience believing the protagonist
15 September 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

An elderly man pays a visit to his lifelong Polish friend in his neighborhood candy store--but just as they are discussing the $1000 his friend has saved up, a black man with a rubber hose walks in and beats the shopkeeper to the ground. The old man attempts to intervene and gets whacked on the noggin, too; when he finally comes around, surrounded by strangers and a police officer, his friend has died (of an apparent heart attack) and the money is missing. Edward G. Robinson stars in this run-of-the-mill TV-movie from Aaron Spelling Productions (he also served as Spelling's assistant on the film). It's cheaply-rendered and with no payoff, although the star, ever the consummate professional, manages a solid performance. Robinson's condescending family doesn't buy his story (they want him under a doctor's care), the police mock him, and an alleged witness (Naomi Stevens, who can't read a line without overacting) hysterically throws him out of her apartment (I was surprised she didn't scream "rape!" just for kicks). Luther Davis' teleplay, taken from an original treatment by Arnold Horwitt, spares Robinson no shortage of horrors--he's even attacked by a laughing group of schoolchildren, who do everything but point their fingers at him. Frustrating, annoying picture delivered all on one melodramatic note.


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