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Four Sided Triangle (1953)

Approved | | Romance, Sci-Fi | 15 June 1953 (USA)
Bill and Robin, helped by their childhood friend, Lena, develop a "reproducer" which can exactly duplicate any object. Bill, crushed when Lena marries Robin, convinces her to allow him to ... See full summary »

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

Terence Fisher (screenplay), Paul Tabori (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Payton ... Lena / Helen
James Hayter ... Dr. Harvey
Stephen Murray ... Bill
John Van Eyssen John Van Eyssen ... Robin
Percy Marmont ... Sir Walter
Jennifer Dearman Jennifer Dearman ... Lena as a Child
Glyn Dearman Glyn Dearman ... Bill as a Child
Sean Barrett Sean Barrett ... Robin as a Child
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Lord Grant
John Stuart ... Solicitor
Edith Saville Edith Saville ... Lady Grant
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Storyline

Bill and Robin, helped by their childhood friend, Lena, develop a "reproducer" which can exactly duplicate any object. Bill, crushed when Lena marries Robin, convinces her to allow him to duplicate her, so that he may have a copy of her for himself. The experiment, at first deemed a success, seems to have worked only too well as the duplicate, Helen, is such an exact copy that she also loves Robin, not Bill. Bill hopes to rectify the situation with another radical experiment. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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She lived two amazing lives under his spell!

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Romance | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Monster and the Woman See more »

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Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Prologue: "God hath made man upright, but they have sought out many inventions." Ecclesiates. See more »

Quotes

Lena: An empty mind... and a new beginning!
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Connections

Referenced in Tales from the Crypt: Four-Sided Triangle (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by Malcolm Arnold
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Tedious film version of Robert F. Temple's underdeveloped novel.
26 January 2002 | by youroldpaljimSee all my reviews

Scientists Bill and Robin invent a machine that can duplicate matter. Scientists both love Lena. Lena loves and marries Robin. Bill still loves Lena, so he creates a duplicate of her and calls her Helen. Problem is since Helen is an exact duplicate of Lena, so much that she also loves Robin. Tragedy ensues.

FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE has a clever premise, but little else. The film is based on the novel of the same name by noted science fiction author Robert F. Temple, but I have it on good authority that the novel was not one of Temple's better works. Hence the film was handicapped to begin with.

American actress Barbara Payton was given a big build up when she first came to Hollywood, but she soon slipped down to making minor pictures like this. FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE is one a few films she made in England around this time. She is only adequate here, and it is easy to why she never became a major actress. Today she is probably best remembered for her scandalous personal life, which resulted in a lot of ink for the tabloids.


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