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4D Man (1959)

Unrated | | Action, Horror, Romance | 7 October 1959 (USA)
A scientist discovers a formula enabling him to pass through solid surfaces but he also rapidly ages which forces him to kill humans in order to reverse the aging process by absorbing his victims' energies.

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Theodore Simonson (screenplay), Cy Chermak (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Lansing ... Dr. Scott Nelson
Lee Meriwether ... Linda Davis
James Congdon James Congdon ... Dr. Tony Nelson
Robert Strauss ... Roy Parker
Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli ... Dr. Theodore W. Carson
Patty Duke ... Marjorie Sutherland
Guy Raymond ... Fred the Guard
Chic James Chic James ... B-Girl
Elbert Smith Elbert Smith ... Capt. Rogers
George Karas George Karas ... Sgt. Todaman (as George Kara)
Jasper Deeter Jasper Deeter ... Mr. Welles
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Storyline

Two brothers, scientists Scott and Tony Nelson, develop an amplifier which enables a person to enter a 4th dimensional state, allowing him to pass through any object. Scott experiments on himself and discovers that each time he passes through something he ages rapidly. He begins killing people, sucking out their life energies and regaining his youth as a result. It falls to Tony and Scott's girlfriend, Linda, to try to put a stop to his murderous rampage. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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He Walks Through Walls Of Solid Steel And Stone... Into The 4th Dimension! See more »


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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Master of Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Budget:

$240,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Robert Lansing. See more »

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After Tony and Linda enter the ruined building, a mic is plainly visible on the right, sticking out from behind the door. See more »

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Tony Nelson: Then you believe it can be done?
Scott Nelson: Believe it? I've done it!
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Impressive classic from the 1950s.
9 February 2004 | by Bruce_CookSee all my reviews

Robert Lansing plays a scientist whose brother is trying to perfect a way to make solid objects pass through each other. Lansing finds out about his brother's radical concept and tries some experiments of his own. He succeeds so well that he takes the idea a step further: he makes himself pass through solid objects.

The process has an adverse affect on his mind, and he starts walking through the walls of banks at night, stealing the cash. Unfortunately, the use of his new power causes him to age rapidly, and the only way he can rejuvenate himself is to absorb life-energy by passing through another human being -- even though this kills the victim.

Robert Lansing's performance is quite good, and so are those of co-stars Lee Meriwether and Patty Duke (age 12). Robert Strauss ("Stalag 17", "The Seven Year Itch") is sadly miscast as an unscrupulous fellow scientist. Director Irvin S. Yeaworth, Jr. created a good film on a meager budget, just as he did with "The Blob".

The special effects are impressive (and in color), devoid of any cheap "see-through" superimposed images. Whenever Lansing walks through a wall, he looks like he's stepping into an opaque liquid. Watch for an eerie scene in which Lansing walks slowly across a room towards an intended victim, passing through tables and chairs.


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