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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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Genres:

Thriller

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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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Emile Pulska: See?
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TV Classic
22 September 2005 | by yavormarkovSee all my reviews

I have watched this movie a long time ago, but i have a vivid memory of it. It was often mentioned as an example for how a thriller should be made. This is TV at his best - it will not get any better. Everything is perfect - plot, direction, and what a performance by Robinson, Balsam and the rest! Robinson shows that he was capable of much more than playing mob bosses. Balsam is one of the most underrated character actors of his time. I can hardly count all the movies he was in, and in every single one he delivered a solid performance. I earlier days "The old man who cried wolf" was considered a classic and aired often. Sadly i never saw it on VHS or DVD. I also did not hear that it was aired lately on any major TV Station.


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