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Flood Tide (1958)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | February 1958 (USA)
To save a man wrongly convicted of murder, Steve Martin reluctantly resumes his relationship with a widow and her son.

Director:

Abner Biberman

Writers:

Barry Trivers (story), Dorothy Cooper (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Nader ... Steve Martin
Cornell Borchers ... Anne Gordon
Michel Ray ... David Gordon
Judson Pratt ... Maj. Harvey Thornwald - Naval Doctor
Joanna Moore ... Barbara Brooks
Charles Arnt ... Mr. Appleby - Grocer (as Charles E. Arnt)
Russ Conway ... Bill Holleran
John Morley John Morley ... Detective lieutenant
John Maxwell ... John Brighton - Halleran's Attorney
Carl Bensen Carl Bensen ... Dist. Atty. Adams
Della Malzahn Della Malzahn ... Beverly
Hugh Lawrence ... Charlie 'Barney' Barnum
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Storyline

The finding of a body on the beach leads to the conviction for murder of Bill Holleran (who claims innocence), thanks to the testimony of a 10-year-old boy, David Gordon. In flashback, Holleran's landlord Steve Martin recalls his prior involvement with David's widowed mother Anne, broken off because of the disabled boy's vindictive jealousy. Now that a man's life is at stake, Steve reluctantly re-enters the lives of the Gordons to find the truth. Is David a monster or just misunderstood? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Their's Was a Love That Lived in Fear...of a Boy With a Twisted Hate!

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Above All Things See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This is one of several fictional characters named Steve Martin before the iconic comic-actor would make it a household name in the 1970's. The most famous being Raymond Burr's character in the Americanized version of the original Godzilla, which was before this movie, and Lex Barker in Code 7, Victim 5 after. See more »

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Little known, and that's a shame
21 May 2004 | by twanuritSee all my reviews

This is an engrossing drama, well-shot in Cinemascope black and white, and never got the recognition it deserved. It was never on VHS or DVD, perhaps because of the basically unknown stars and unusual subject matter. A 10-year-old disabled boy (Michel Ray) blames an innocent man for the death of another on the beach. Soon the boy's widowed mother (Cornell Borchers) falls for a neighbor (George Nader), who is a friend of the accused. Ray, of mixed parentage, is striking as the embittered kid, Nader is a bit wooden as ususal, but like another reviewer noted, Borchers is outstanding as a character with no love life (her husband had died 5 years before in the car accident that injured the boy). A key scene is when she breaks down completely after Ray spurns her attention for Nader's, a heartbreaking, true-to-life portrayal. She more than faintly resembles Ingrid Bergman in appearance and voice, a Lithuanian actress who made a handful of 1950s films; this was her last American picture just before retiring.


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