Among the Living (1941)

Among the Living

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One of the eerier chillers of its period -- and one of the best ever to come out of Paramount -- Stuart Heisler's Among the Living is a strange and compelling mix of social drama, horror film, and suspense thriller. The story opens with the funeral of Maxim Raden, the patriarch who was pretty much responsible for building up the town that bears the family name, and which has been dominated for decades by the now-idle mill that he owned. Present at the funeral is Dr. Ben Saunders (Harry Carey … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Lester Cole, Brian Marlow, Garrett Elsden Fort
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Paramount Pictures

Cast


as John Raden / Paul Ra...

as Millie Pickens

as Elaine Raden

as Dr. Ben Saunders

as Bill Oakley

as Peggy Nolan

as Mrs. Pickens

as Tom Reilly

as Woman in Cafe

as Minister

as Neighbor (uncredited...

as Townsman (uncredited...

as 1st Mill Girl

as 2nd Mill Girl

as Mill Worker

as Mill Worker

as Newsboy

as Hotel Clerk

as Telephone Operator

as Reporter

as Woman at Trial

as Scissors Grinder

as Waiter

as Motorcycle Cop
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Critic Reviews for Among the Living

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | July 20, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

while this overt genre playground may accommodate all manner of film references and cliches, Maury and Bustillo quickly lose their way, remembering all the by-numbers slash and dash but forgetting any point that they might have been trying to make.

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
Grolsch Film Works

A heady, political small-town view... served up by Stuart Heisler with a keen sense of down-home expressionistic frenzies

Full Review… | October 9, 2011
CinePassion

It beautifully touches base with the Frankenstein story.

Full Review… | July 19, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Among the Living

Sharp, tightly paced low budget film is hard to categorize. There are definitely noirish tendencies but it's not a full blown film noir, there are also elements of horror contained within but neither is a horror film. Even as a hybrid of different genres it is very involving and uses it short running time to full effect, actually so effective that it received quite a lot of critical attention in its day for a lower budget release and helped move its leading lady's career forward. Speaking of the leading lady the film is also a study of two stars in flight. Susan Hayward whose full fledged stardom was still a few years away was still definitely on her way up, Frances Farmer, whose part is small, was most definitely on the descent. At one time considered an actress with the brightest of futures this was her second to last picture before descending into a decades long hell of mental illness and involuntary confinement. The real standout though is Albert Dekker in a dual role of very different twin brothers. An excellent character actor who met a grisly end he rarely had the opportunity of the leading role but he takes his chance here and makes the most of it. His body language and vocal inflections makes the two characters recognizably different men and their struggles relatable. Not readily available and hard to find its definitely worth the effort to seek out.

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