(1952) Laurence Harvey, Trader Faulkner, Susan Shaw, Sheila Shand Gibbs. Psychological thriller about an odd family with Harvey playing the older domineering son, who resents both his ...
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(1952) Laurence Harvey, Trader Faulkner, Susan Shaw, Sheila Shand Gibbs. Psychological thriller about an odd family with Harvey playing the older domineering son, who resents both his overbearing grandmother and his younger brother. This video has been manufactured from the best quality video master currently available; audio or image quality may vary.Written by
[holding a knife]
There's something I want to tell you, Joan.
About last night, I... it's my farm, like I've always said.
What about the old lady?
Gran's leaving with Frankie. She's too old. Neither of them are fit to run the farm anymore. Frankie walks in his sleep most of the time. They're both going. I give you my word.
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Didn't anyone in the movies notice how marginally sane Laurence Harvey was in many of his roles? He certainly is here, where he and his brother, Trader Faulkner, work on the farm of their grandmother, Ethel Edwards, who never seems to realize what a tyrant she is. Faulkner is happy enough, but he is, to put it kindly, not too bright. Harvey, however, wants so much more, especially mercenary town girl Susan Shaw, so he decides that if he kills Granny with a knife and frames Faulkner, he'll be happy.
One-time screenwriter and director Ronald Drake seems to have the visuals well covered by his more experienced collaborators, but the actors don't seem up to snuff. I guess Drake knew he had to tone down the histrionics in the translation from stage to screen and muted them too far.
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