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Face of Fire (1959)

A local handyman saves a child in a fire, but the burns he receives disfigure his face so much that the townspeople avoid him.

Director:

Albert Band

Writers:

Albert Band, Stephen Crane (story "The Monster") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Mitchell ... Ned Trescott
James Whitmore ... Monk Johnson
Bettye Ackerman ... Grace Trescott
Miko Oscard Miko Oscard ... Jimmie Trescott
Royal Dano ... Jake Winter
Robert F. Simon ... The Judge (as Robert Simon)
Richard Erdman ... Al Williams
Howard Smith ... Sheriff Nolan
Lois Maxwell ... Ethel Winter
Jill Donohue Jill Donohue ... Bella Kovac
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Reifsnyder, the barber
Aletha Orr Aletha Orr ... Martha
Charles Fawcett Charles Fawcett ... Citizen in Barbershop
Vernon Young Vernon Young
Robert Trebor ... Dr. John
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Storyline

In 1898, in a small American town, Dr. Ned Trescott and his family live a quiet life. The family employs Monk Johnson as a handyman who also spends time with Dr. Trescott's son, Jimmie and is considered part of the family. Monk and Jimmie enjoy going fishing. Monk's fiancée, Bella, plans to marry him.One day, Monk goes to Bella's house to propose and she accepts. On his way back home, Monk hears clanging fire bells shattering the calm evening and sees the townspeople gathering at the Trescott house which is ablaze. Dr. Trescott and his wife are safe but their son is trapped inside the burning house. Monk runs inside the burning house and fetches Jimmie. But the flames block their exits and Monk must find an alternative escape route through Dr. Trescott's homemade basement lab. In the lab, Monk stumbles and falls. Chemicals on a table explode burning Monk's face. Dr. Trescott rushes into the basement lab through the back door and grabs Jimmie. Firemen save Monk but his face is badly ... Written by nufs68

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Country:

Sweden | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Monster See more »

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AGA Sound System | Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Stage and television actress Bettye Ackerman made her motion picture debut in this film. See more »

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A rewarding film experience.
10 December 2004 | by lborokSee all my reviews

In 1972 a man walked into my Flying Tigers Operations office at LAX and asked for help picking up a shipment. I recognized Royal Dano immediately, both face and voice. I asked one of my warehouse men to get the shipment, and then I told Mr. Dano I had just seen Face of Fire on TV, and that I was struck by it. I noted his character was a sympathetic role, opposed to what he usually did. And, I said I thought the cinema photography was excellent. He agreed, and we talked about the film and the Swedish cinema photographer for another 30 minutes. It was a wonderful experience. Years later I considered that Mel Gibson's The Man Without a Face might have derived from Royal Dano's film.


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