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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:

Dehşet Şebekesi See more »

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Pacemaker See more »
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Sound Mix:

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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We're through the looking glass here, people
7 September 2001 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

In the late 1950s, The Fearmakers was a late entry in the Red Scare cycle. By the late 1960s it would have looked like a bizarre and ancient relic. Now in the 21st century, the film looks almost prophetic--if you can overlook the fact that it's basically a pro-nuclear war film. What gives the film resonance for a contemporary audience is its accurate portrayal of 'public relations', polling and advertising, and their ability to sway public opinion. In the 1950s this thesis no doubt took a back seat to the usual Commie-bashing, but now--in the era of push polls, straw polls, and exit polls-- it looks frighteningly accurate. Dana Andrews is excellent as usual. Sadly he is paired up with Marilee Earle as his love interest, and Ms. Earle gives a wooden performance of truly Redwoodian proportions. This was the last film of her brief career.


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