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The Fearmakers (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | October 1958 (USA)
A Korean War veteran co-operating with a Senate committee uncovers subversives.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writers:

Elliot West (screenplay), Chris Appley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dana Andrews ... Alan Eaton
Dick Foran ... Jim McGinnis
Marilee Earle ... Lorraine Dennis
Veda Ann Borg ... Vivian Loder
Kelly Thordsen ... Harold 'Hal' Loder
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Sen. Walder
Joel Marston ... Rodney Hillyer
Dennis Moore ... Army Doctor
Oliver Blake ... Dr. Gregory Jessup
Janet Brandt Janet Brandt ... Walder's Secretary
Fran Andrade Fran Andrade ... TWA Stewardess
Mel Tormé ... Barney Bond
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Fortier Robert Fortier ... Col. Buchane (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Alan Eaton is a Korean War veteran and ex-POW who returns to the USA after his release from captivity. Back in Washington, DC he tries to re-adjust to civilian life by returning to work. He co-owns a public relations-opinion research firm together with his business partner Clark Baker. However, he is shocked to learn that Clark Baker died in a hit-and-run accident the previous year. Also, Clark Baker, who had power-of-attorney during Alan's absence, had sold the firm to one of the employees, Jim McGinnis. Alan explains to Jim McGinnis that Clark Baker only had power of attorney to run the business, not to sell it without Alan's consent. McGinnis implies that Alan was duly informed ahead of time via letters sent to him while he was a POW in Korea. Feigning compassion, McGinnis offers Alan a job because their clients respect and trust the Eaton name. Alan Eaton asks for time to consider the offer. He then visits his old friend, Senator Walder, who voices his suspicions regarding the ... Written by nufs68

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Taglines:

MASTERS OF FEAR! MASTERS OF INTRIGUE! MERCHANTS OF MURDER! (original poster-all caps)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dehset Sebekesi See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shadow of boom mic visible when Alan Eaton (Dana Andrews) falls back against the window blinds in his office. See more »

Quotes

Alan Eaton: You know, Lorraine, you're not only very kind... you're very lovely.
Lorraine Dennis: [Breaking into a big smile] I thought you'd *never* notice!
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Attempts to turn its jingoistic scenario into a suspense drama...and nearly succeeds!
8 August 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Dana Andrews is quite congenial playing a former Army Captain, returning to Washington, D.C. after being held two years in a Chinese prison camp, discovering that the public relations firm he and his business partner founded has been sold to a reprehensible lout who peddles in prejudice and poison. Plainly-drawn, low-budget melodrama with then-topical undercurrents of Communism and anti-semitism does have an interesting group of characters, but it could stand a bit of levity to lighten its load. There's an early scene in a plane with Andrews and a talkative scientist that is never fully explained, and the one main female character (a secretary played by the curious Marilee Earle) is disheartening--she's there to lend a hand and feign a romance, yet the role itself is an unsurprising cliché. Director Jacques Tourneur is crafty at times, but mostly heavy-handed; he sets up a heated finale, but then muffs it with square-jawed heroics and patriotic gestures. More mystery and gloss was required. **1/2 from ****


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