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Face of Fire

  • Drama
  • 1959
  • Albert Band
  • 80 mins
  • A

Summary

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

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This obscure film of some ambition founders in trying to expand a short story by the eminent Stephen Crane into a feature-length drama. In turn-of-the-20th-century New England, James Whitmore plays a much-loved handyman who becomes hideously disfigured after saving a small boy from a fire and finds people can no longer stand him. Curiously, this was made in Sweden under the direction of Albert Band, with a largely Hollywood cast that includes Cameron Mitchell and Royal Dano. The latter's memorable appearance in that much superior Crane adaptation, The Red Badge of Courage, only serves to underline this film's shortcomings.

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Credits

Cast

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Ned TrescottCameron Mitchell
Monk JohnsonJames Whitmore
Grace TrescottBettye Ackerman
Jimmie TrescottMiko Oscard
Jake WinterRoyal Dano
The JudgeRobert F Simon
Al WilliamsRichard Erdman
Sheriff NolanHoward Smith
Ethel WinterLois Maxwell

Crew

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DirectorAlbert Band

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Pathe Ltd
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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