The Dark Tower (1943)





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Beneath the gay billows of the big-top seethes a veritable stewpot of illicit romance, false friends, rivalry and murder in this crime drama that contains the feature film debut of distinguished character actor Herbert Lom who plays a recently hired hypnotist who falls in love with a female trapeze artist, whose jealous partner is the brother of the circus owner. Desperately wanting the woman for himself, the new fellow mesmerizes the girl and suggests that she drop her partner during the next performance. She does, but the wicked hypnotist gets his comeuppance at the end. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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Ben Lyon
as Phil Danton
David Farrar
as Tom Danton
Josephine Wilson
as Mme. Shogun
J.H. Roberts
as Dr. Wilson
John H. Roberts
as Dr. Wilson
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The entertaining crime drama is set in a traveling British circus.

Full Review… | May 15, 2013
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I think most of us prefer the bread without the butter A struggling circus that is about to go out of business has a random stranger walk into their mist that has the ability to hypnotize animals and humans. The man saves the circus by starting a new act and quickly demands to become partial owner of the circus. The owner reluctantly agrees but soon wishes he hadn't when the man starts manipulating his power. How will the circus deal with the stranger? "If you're trying to put the gun in my ribs.." "It's already there. I'm trying not to pull the trigger." John Harlow, director of My Lucky Star, The Agitator, Green Fingers, While I Live, Those People Next Door, and Dangerous Cargo, delivers The Dark Tower. The storyline for this movie is extremely good, fascinating, unique, and unpredictable. The setting is well depicted and the acting is wonderful. The cast includes Herbert Lom, Ben Lyon, David Farrar, and Anne Crawford. "Your intelligence surprises me." I came across this film while flicking through Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and decided to record it. I couldn't pass on a movie with a circus plot. I adored Herbert Lom's performance and found his character, despite being the protagonist, the most interesting and well done. I definitely recommend seeing this movie if you get the chance and the end is perfect! "Hypnotize that." Grade: A-

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