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Man on Fire (1957)

Approved | | Drama | 21 October 1957 (Sweden)
A wealthy businessman whose wife has divorced him, is bitter about the divorce, and prevents his ex-wife from seeing their child. The ex-wife takes him to court, and a judge tries to ... See full summary »


Ranald MacDougall


Ranald MacDougall (screen play by), Malvin Wald (story) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Bing Crosby ... Earl Carleton
Inger Stevens ... Nina Wylie
Mary Fickett ... Gwen Seward
E.G. Marshall ... Sam Dunstock
Malcolm Brodrick Malcolm Brodrick ... Theodore 'Ted' Carleton
Richard Eastham ... Bryan Seward
Anne Seymour ... Judge Randolph
Dan Riss ... Mack


A wealthy businessman whose wife has divorced him, is bitter about the divorce, and prevents his ex-wife from seeing their child. The ex-wife takes him to court, and a judge tries to determine what will be best for the child. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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21 October 1957 (Sweden) See more »

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Die große Schuld See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Stereo (Perspecta Sound encoding)

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1.66 : 1
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Bing Crosby wanted to marry Inger Stevens after making this film, but she refused to convert to Catholicism. See more »


Theodore 'Ted' Carleton: How do you know if you love someone?
Nina Wylie: You try to make them happy.
Theodore 'Ted' Carleton: Then let me go.
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Featured in Picture Parade: Episode dated 2 December 1957 (1957) See more »


Man On Fire
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Bing is the good guy here
27 November 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

If you look up Man on Fire, the internet will tell you Bing Crosby plays an unsympathetic character. Maybe the internet hasn't seen the film, but I have, and I can tell you he's not the bad guy. There's only one line he says that isn't very nice, but the rest of the movie, you're supposed to be on his side. His ex-wife, Mary Fickett, is very clearly the unsympathetic character.

Bing and Mary are divorced, and Bing has full custody of their son, Malcom Brodrick, and they have a wonderful, happy life together. Then, Mary and her politician husband, Richard Eastham, decide they want to sue for full custody, and everyone gets dragged into a nasty legal battle. Man on Fire is the poster child for "Divorce messes up your kids" so if you're not alright with that message, you won't like this movie. I'm sure some audience members will be drawn to Mary's side of the argument, but I certainly wasn't. It was clear to me that she had no real maternal feelings for Malcom and that she only wanted to hurt Bing, and societal pressures made her think she "should" raise her son. If she knew anything about her child, she'd know he loved living with his father and that Bing didn't badmouth her or turn his son against his stepfather.

Inger Stevens plays a legal secretary to Bing's case, but she was badly cast and unnecessary. She looked too much like Mary, so I kept getting them confused, and her only real purpose was to distract Bing from the issue at hand so he'd try to get her into bed. It was so irrelevant to the movie and should have been cut out.

Personally, if I'm going to watch Bing Crosby in a drama about his son, I'd rather watch Little Boy Lost again. But, since he didn't make too many dramas, you can absolutely check this one out to see his acting talents. Without spoiling the ending, I'll tell you that this isn't a movie I'd want to watch again. It's far too "1950s" for my taste.

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