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The Man Inside (1958)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | December 1958 (USA)
An English bookkeeper (Nigel Patrick) who works for a jeweler steals a priceless jewel, and kills a man in the process. He flees to the continent, where he embarks on the life of his dreams... See full summary »

Director:

John Gilling

Writers:

David Shaw (screenplay), M.E. Chaber (based on a novel The Man Inside by) (as M. E. Chaber)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Palance ... Milo March
Anita Ekberg ... Trudie Hall
Nigel Patrick ... Sam Carter
Anthony Newley ... Ernesto
Bonar Colleano ... Martin Lomer
Sean Kelly Sean Kelly ... Rizzio
Sidney James ... Franklin
Donald Pleasence ... Organ Grinder (as Donald Pleasance)
Eric Pohlmann ... Tristao
Josephine Brown ... Mrs. Frazur
Gerard Heinz ... Stone
Alec Mango ... Lopez
Anne Aubrey ... Girl on Train
Mary Laura Wood Mary Laura Wood ... Mrs. Pritchard
Angela White ... Pamela Pritchard
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Storyline

An English bookkeeper (Nigel Patrick) who works for a jeweler steals a priceless jewel, and kills a man in the process. He flees to the continent, where he embarks on the life of his dreams; spending lavishly and pursuing women (including Anita Ekberg). A detective (Jack Palance) tracking him soon discovers he's not the only one searching for him, and begins to suspect there's more to the case than just an ordinary jewel theft. Written by Ken Holsgrove

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A diamond is for evil...

Genres:

Adventure | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann ohne Nerven See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was originally intended to be an Alan Ladd starring vehicle. See more »

Goofs

When Sam Carter takes delivery of his forged Spanish passport he runs through the attributes it lists - eye colour blue, hair colour fair, height 5 feet 11 and a half inches and so on. However, Spain adopted the metric system in 1849, so his height would have been given in metres/centimetres. See more »

Quotes

Robert Stone: Without any warning at all, the door closed on me. I shouted and finally...
Milo March: You say you've known him for a long time?
Robert Stone: Yes, he's been doing our books for fifteen years at least. The quietest, nicest fellow you could meet. He came here about once in two weeks. Carter and I used to look at the stone together. We used to stand here, just looking.
Franklin: Hand in hand?
Robert Stone: Mr. March, you know anything about diamonds?
Milo March: Yeah, I know I can't afford them.
Robert Stone: Then let me ask you; have you ever seen something that became...
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema version was cut for an 'A' rating. See more »

Soundtracks

Man Inside
Written by Len Praverman
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A Curious Misfire
16 November 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

A detective pursues a stolen diamond and a voluptuous mystery woman.

This is a curious production that had me puzzled until I read Zipper69's informative, if dismissive, review. In my view, he's a little too negative, but the movie remains a disappointment, mainly because of the odd casting. As an actor, Jack Palance may be many good things, but a dashing leading man he's not. Plus, his performance here remains just plain weird, the southern accent about as good as mine. I'm not sure what Palance is reaching for, but the director should have exercised better control. Then there's Ekberg, the mammary goddess, who's a first-rate model, but a third-rate actress, especially as a mystery woman. Between them, they distract heavily from the story itself.

Nonetheless, the plot twists with the golf ball are cleverly inventive, along with the hectic park scene with the magician and the kids. There's also some good noirish photography, but that car trapping the man in the narrow alley was a crime drama cliché even in 1958. Nonetheless, with more appropriate casting and a more engaged director, the film did have real potential. Too bad, it remains a disappointing misfire.


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