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Man in the Dark (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 9 April 1953 (USA)
Many interested parties are after the loot from a factory payroll heist but the mobster who hid it has amnesia after undergoing experimental brain surgery in the prison hospital.

Director:

Lew Landers

Writers:

George Bricker (screenplay), Jack Leonard (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmond O'Brien ... Steve Rawley
Audrey Totter ... Peg Benedict
Ted de Corsia ... Lefty
Horace McMahon ... Arnie
Nick Dennis ... Cookie
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... Dr. Marston
Dan Riss ... Jawald
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Storyline

A thug is convicted and undergoes experimental brain surgery to remove the criminal element in his brain. The operation wipes out all memories of his past life, including where he stashed the loot. He is abducted by his gang and they try to beat the truth out of him. His memories return in the form of weird dreams, and he and his old girlfriend track down the clues to find the money. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Terror stalks the carnival in 3 DIMENSIONS! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man Who Lived Twice See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The cackling animatronic woman in Steve's dream sequence is called a "Laffing Sal". It was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and stood nearly seven feet tall. Many of these were installed at fun houses or "dark rides" at amusement parks across the country. This one, at the Ocean Park Pier, was called "Laffing Gertrude". See more »

Goofs

The wire attached to the "flying" bird is clearly visible while the bird just flops around while "flying" at the camera. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally released in 3D, in prints that were sepia-toned. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Man Who Lived Twice (1936) See more »

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Fun, even fascinating movie on its own merits
6 August 2018 | by movieswithgregSee all my reviews

If you approach this movie with the expectation that it's a noir crime classic, you'll be disappointed. But if you come to this film for what it was at the time -- the first 3-D movie barely over an hour long, that was rushed through production to beat out a better-known movie to theater audiences -- a low budget but not cheap crime noir with snappy, clever dialogue that Tarantino wishes he wrote -- a black/white crime caper that skillfully blends backlot scenery (the rooftop chase scene must have been literally on top of the actual movie studio soundstages and offices) with Los Angeles street scenery, with genuine 1953-Lost Angeles street scenes, fashions and architecture -- all topped off with solid acting from star and superlative actor O'Brien, supported by journeymen character co-stars -- and for dessert -- the first glimpse of action choreography designed specifically to showcase the brand new 3-D technology (something we still see too much of in modern 3-D flix) -- then what we have is a movie whose parts are better than the sum total.

Oh, and did I mention the crazy fun dialogue?

If this movie is watched with an eye toward film history, then it goes from a rating of 6, to a rating of 8. This movie is a remake of a 1930s plot, then it was remade as a TV episode. Expect to see it again someday in a modern movie or tv show. It's a solid plot with all kinds of fun possibilities.


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