6.9/10
177
11 user 2 critic

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)
Reviews
2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Home for the Holidays (TV Movie 1972)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An ailing man summons his four daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his new wife, who he suspects is poisoning him.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Jessica Walter, Sally Field, Eleanor Parker
The Screaming Woman (TV Movie 1972)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A wealthy former mental patient goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground who has ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Smight
Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Ed Nelson, Laraine Stephens
When Michael Calls (TV Movie 1972)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A woman begins receiving ominous phone calls from a relative who died 15 years prior. With each phone call, a family member dies. Will she be the next in line?

Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Ben Gazzara, Elizabeth Ashley, Michael Douglas
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Teenaged Susan Shelley is released from an asylum where she's been confined after the shock suffered over the fiery death of her glamorous socialite mother. Her father has a new wife, who ... See full summary »

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Don Ameche, Martha Hyer, Susan Gordon
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Through a fluke circumstance a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and she is determined to hold onto it even if it means murder.

Director: Byron Haskin
Stars: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea
Night of Terror (TV Movie 1972)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A hired killer hunts down a schoolteacher to get something she has. She doesn't know what it is, but he's already killed twice to get it.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: Martin Balsam, Catherine Burns, Chuck Connors
Murder by Natural Causes (TV Movie 1979)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Allison, the unfaithful wife of a famous mentalist with a heart problem, wants her lover to try to kill her husband by scaring him to death, but the whole thing goes downhill.

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Richard Anderson, Katharine Ross, Hal Holbrook
In Broad Daylight (TV Movie 1971)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A blind actor discovers his wife is cheating on him with his best friend, and hatches a plot to murder them both.

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Richard Boone, Suzanne Pleshette, Stella Stevens
Crowhaven Farm (TV Movie 1970)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young couple inherits a farm. Hoping that the rural location might help to patch up their strained marriage, they move into it, only to be confronted by the supernatural forces that inhabit it.

Director: Walter Grauman
Stars: Hope Lange, Paul Burke, Lloyd Bochner
Trilogy of Terror (TV Movie 1975)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Karen Black, Robert Burton, John Karlen
The Stranger (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young
A Cold Night's Death (TV Movie 1973)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two scientists suspect that there is someone other than their research primates inhabiting their polar station.

Director: Jerrold Freedman
Stars: Robert Culp, Eli Wallach, Michael C. Gwynne
Edit

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)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Thriller

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'homme qui crait au loup See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[last lines]
Emile Pulska: See?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The folks in this film seem way too quick to dismiss him as an old crackpot!
13 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The fundamental theme in this film is so flawed that it is not a particularly good movie...and it's a shame as I love Edward G. Robinson and really wanted to love "The Old Man Who Cried Wolf".

When the story begins, Emile (Robinson) goes to visit an old friend he hasn't seen in many years, Abe (Sam Jaffe). However, a man comes into Abe's shop and beats him with a rubber hose and steals the $1000 he'd been saving to send to family back in Poland. Now here's the part that just didn't ring true. Emile is beaten as well and when he awakens the police immediately assume that Abe died of natural causes and there was no attacker. At the same time, a really annoying neighbor woman vehemently denies anyone else had been there and says that Abe never had $1000 in cash. How would she know this since she wasn't there?! Yet, inexplicably the entire case is chalked up to an old man losing his faculties...even though he never had a history of mental impairment. Plus, the intensity at which the nasty neighbor insisted nothing happened is very suspicious in and of itself. Yet, oddly, folks assume Emile is confabulating this story. It just defies common sense and essentially ruined the film. Why should he have to prove he ISN'T demented and why does everyone ignore him?!

So is there anything about this film worth seeing? Well, Robinson's performance is quite good as he was the consummate professional. But it's also so very sad that he wasn't given a better written story. Provide REAL reasons for folks to not believe Emile or at least build up to this better. Instead, it seems as if part of the story is missing...like they forgot to explain why people didn't believe Emile. Fortunately, this was not his final film as it would have been sad if this was his final film considering his terrific battery of work.


1 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching



Recently Viewed