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Among the Living (1941)

A mentally unstable man, who has been kept in isolation for years, escapes and causes trouble for his identical twin brother.

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writers:

Lester Cole (screenplay), Garrett Fort (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Albert Dekker ... John Raden / Paul Raden
Susan Hayward ... Millie Pickens
Harry Carey ... Dr. Ben Saunders
Frances Farmer ... Elaine Raden
Gordon Jones ... Bill Oakley
Jean Phillips ... Peggy Nolan
Ernest Whitman Ernest Whitman ... Pompey
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. Pickens
Frank M. Thomas ... Sheriff
Harlan Briggs ... Judge
Archie Twitchell ... Tom Reilly
Dorothy Sebastian ... Woman in Cafe
William Stack William Stack ... Minister
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Storyline

Paul Raden (Albert Dekker), hopelessly insane son of Maxim Raden, hated owner of the Radentown mills, is in a strait jacket in a secret room in the family mansion, while the body of his father is lowered into a grave. Twenty-five years earlier, the brutal father had hurled Paul against a wall when the young boy had tried to defend his mother and, with his brain injured forever, Paul's last memory, before descending into the shadows on insanity, was his mother's agonized scream. At the graveside are Dr. Ben Saunders (Harry Carey), Paul's twin brother John (Albert Dekker) and John's wife Elaine (Frances Farmer). Pompey (Ernest Whitman'), the family servant who has cared for and guarded Paul and kept the family secret for a quarter of a century,watches from afar. That night Dr. Saunders tells John that his twin, who he thought dead, is alive as the father, refusing to commit him to an institution, had bribed the doctor to sign a false death certificate and then bury another child's body ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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What horrible fascination did this monster have for women?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Among the Living See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929-49, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. This film's initial television broadcasts took place in Chicago Monday 9 January 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2) followed by Omaha 11 January 1959 on KETV (Channel 7); sponsor resistance to its unsavory theme limited its airings, but it nevertheless surfaced in Asheville 20 May 1959 on WLOS, in Seattle 17 August 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), in Detroit 8 October 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Johnstown 15 October 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), and in Milwaukee 19 Octob er 1959 on WITI (Channel 6). See more »

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[Not knowing Paul is the escaped serial killer, Millie gives him a gun and suggests they search the deserted Raden estate to earn the reward for his capture]
Paul Raden: You're not afraid -- at all?
Millie Pickens: For five thousand dollars, I'm not afraid of anything, not even death!
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Fun but campy thriller!
29 October 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Among the Living opens on a funeral. The patriarch to a wealthy family has died, and the man's son, Albert Dekker, returns home to pay his respects after twenty-five years away. Harry Carey, the family doctor, and Ernest Whitman, the family servant, are glad to see him but wary of his return to town. Twenty-five years ago, Albert's twin brother died, and ever since, Harry and Ernest have been keeping a terrible secret from the family and the town. . .

There's a lot more to the plot, and if you look this movie up on IMDb, you'll read much more than I'm telling you. However, I think it's more exciting sometimes to watch a movie without knowing too much about it. There are lots of surprises in this thriller, and it's great to watch around Halloween. Yes, it's a little dated, and Susan Hayward's acting is atrocious, but if you like the campy black-and-white scary flicks from the olden days, turn off all the lights and huddle close to your popcorn!


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