The 4D Man

1959

The 4D Man

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The 4-D Man is Robert Lansing, who through a sped-up atomic fusion experiment is possessed with the ability to walk through solid matter. Motivated by greed and jealousy, Lansing uses his powers for his own selfish gain. But there's a catch: his "4-D" prowess is causing him to age rapidly and to deteriorate physically. After a powerhouse opening, 4-D Man settles into a conventional "there are some things man is not meant to know" mode; it also closes with that wearisome cliched "The End?" title. Otherwise, the film is a laudable effort to do a lot with a limited special-effects budget.

Cast

Robert Lansing
as Scott Nelson
Lee Meriwether
as Linda Davis
Patty Duke
as Marjorie Sutherland
James Congdon
as Tony Nelson
Jasper Deeter
as Mr. Welles
Robert H. Harris
as Man in Nightclub
Robert Strauss
as Roy Parker
Chic James
as girl in bar
Edgar Stehli
as Dr. Carson
Elbert Smith
as Captain Rogers
Dean Newman
as Dr. Schwartz
George Karas
as Sergeant Todaman
George Kayara
as Sgt. Todaman
Elbert Smuiyh
as Capt. Rogers
John Benson
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The 4D Man

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Audience Reviews for The 4D Man

  • Sep 05, 2010
    This movie is super cool, especially after seeing some really bad sci-fi movies, and in contrast to the other sci-fi movies of the fifties, this one is really spectacular. I loved it, the story is very different and new, I haven't seen many other movies like this, I highly recommend it if you like sci-fi.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2009
    <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/4-d-man-12194728"><img src="http://content6.flixster.com/photo/12/19/47/12194728_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"> </a></div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/4-d-man-12194733"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/12/19/47/12194733_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/4-d-man-12194735"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/12/19/47/12194735_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/4-d-man-12194738"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/12/19/47/12194738_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>4-D Man</I></a> </div></div> <I>4-D Man</I> (1959) Directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. Written by Theodore Simonson based on an idea by Jack H. Harris. With Robert Lansing, Lee Meriwether, James Congdon, Robert Straus, and Patty Duke. A scientist walks through walls and feasts on human youthfulness. A physicist (Lansing) discovers a way to will the coexistence of matter -such as his own with the wall of a bank vault -allowing him to reach through any substance or walk through any kind of wall. Having been exploited by his employer, Lansing decides to keep the discovery to himself and use it to his own advantage. There's just one catch: It takes years off of his life each time he does so. Fortunately, or this would have been a 1/2 hour movie, he discovers that he can suck the life out of a youthful, vivacious Patty Duke, a barfly, another scientist, whoever happens to be convenient in order to restore his life force. While his mother night not approve, the ability to walk into a bank vault and helps oneself is so enviable that one finds oneself rooting for him. Can he indulge his wantonness using the 4th dimension without being detected? This imaginative, classic late '50's sci-fi film has some memorable scenes and nifty special effects by the standard of the day. This film is a must for anyone who enjoyed <I>The Man With the X-Ray Eyes</I> (1963). <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11059349"><img src="http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/DP7MzADtYMA/default.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>4-D Man</I></a> - CLIP</div>
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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