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Among the Living (1941)

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In this off-beat programmer, a twin goes insane after spending years in isolation. The trouble begins when he escapes and begins bedeviling his saner second half.

Cast

Albert Dekker
as John Raden / Paul Raden
Susan Hayward
as Millie Pickens
Frances Farmer
as Elaine Raden
Harry Carey
as Dr. Ben Saunders
Gordon Jones
as Bill Oakley
Jean Phillips
as Peggy Nolan
Maude Eburne
as Mrs. Pickens
Archie Twitchell
as Tom Reilly
Dorothy Sebastian
as Woman in Cafe
William Stack
as Minister
Lane Chandler
as Neighbor (uncredited)
James Millican
as Townsman (uncredited)
Ella Neal
as 1st Mill Girl
Catherine Craig
as 2nd Mill Girl
George Turner
as Mill Worker
Harry Tenbrook
as Mill Worker
Richard Webb
as Hotel Clerk
Mimi Doyle
as Telephone Operator
John Kellogg
as Reporter
Blanche Payson
as Woman at Trial
Lee Shumway
as Scissors Grinder
Eddy Chandler
as Motorcycle Cop
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Critic Reviews for Among the Living

All Critics (3)

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.

August 29, 2014 | Full Review…

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

October 9, 2011 | Full Review…

It beautifully touches base with the Frankenstein story.

July 19, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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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