Four Sided Triangle (1953)

74 or 81 mins | Science fiction | June 1953

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HISTORY

The opening and ending cast credits of the film differ slightly in order. Although the onscreen credits include a 1952 copyright statement for Exclusive Films, Ltd., the picture is not listed in the Copyright Catalog. The film is partially narrated by the character “Dr. Harvey.” Four Sided Triangle was shot in England and was released there under the same title in 1952, according to MFB . The film opens with the following written quotation from the Bible, Ecclesiastes II.29: “God hath made man upright, but they have sought out many inventions.” The film closes with the following written quotation from philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, contained in his Journal , Oct 1842: “You shall have joy or you shall have power, said God: you shall not have both.” ... More Less

The opening and ending cast credits of the film differ slightly in order. Although the onscreen credits include a 1952 copyright statement for Exclusive Films, Ltd., the picture is not listed in the Copyright Catalog. The film is partially narrated by the character “Dr. Harvey.” Four Sided Triangle was shot in England and was released there under the same title in 1952, according to MFB . The film opens with the following written quotation from the Bible, Ecclesiastes II.29: “God hath made man upright, but they have sought out many inventions.” The film closes with the following written quotation from philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, contained in his Journal , Oct 1842: “You shall have joy or you shall have power, said God: you shall not have both.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
11 Jul 1953.
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Hollywood Reporter
25 Jul 1952
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Aug 1952
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Aug 1952
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Sep 1952
p. 11.
Monthly Film Bulletin
Jun 1953.
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Motion Picture Herald
30 May 1953.
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New York Times
16 May 1953
p. 10.
The Exhibitor
3 Jun 1953
p. 3530.
Variety
20 May 1953
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Hammer Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Wedding scene dressed by
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Four Sided Triangle by William F. Temple (New York, 1951).
DETAILS
Release Date:
June 1953
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 May 1953
Production Date:
4 Aug--early Sep 1952 at Bray Studios, Windsor, England
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
74 or 81
Length(in feet):
7,332
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
16055
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In a small English village, local physician Dr. Harvey recalls the first time he saw eleven-year-old Lena Maitland and her playmates, Robin Grant and Bill: Lena is dressed as a queen and Bill and Robin are dueling for her loyalty in a barn. Robin is the victor and a disappointed Bill runs from the barn. “Doc” discovers that Bill has a scientific mind and later adopts the boy after Bill’s parents die. Five years later, Lena’s mother takes her to the United States and Bill and Robin leave for college. Following her mother’s death, Lena returns to the village a cynical young adult, until Doc reintroduces her to her old friends Bill and Robin, physicists who have turned the barn into a laboratory. The bonds of friendship are soon re-formed and Lena stays on to help them with a secret experiment. When Robin’s wealthy father, local squire Sir Walter Grant, discontinues his financial support, Doc sells his practice and becomes their business partner. One night, Robin and Bill announce their success in creating a machine that can exactly reproduce any object. Sir Walter witnesses the reproduction of a document, and advises them to work with the government in order to avoid future misuse of their invention. Bill later confides in Doc that he has fallen in love with Lena, but fears she will reject him. Doc offers to speak to Lena on his behalf, but at a dinner celebrating the government’s approval of their company, Robin and Lena announce their engagement. Bill’s disappointment is apparent, and after Lena and Robin leave for their honeymoon, he uses their invention to duplicate ... +


In a small English village, local physician Dr. Harvey recalls the first time he saw eleven-year-old Lena Maitland and her playmates, Robin Grant and Bill: Lena is dressed as a queen and Bill and Robin are dueling for her loyalty in a barn. Robin is the victor and a disappointed Bill runs from the barn. “Doc” discovers that Bill has a scientific mind and later adopts the boy after Bill’s parents die. Five years later, Lena’s mother takes her to the United States and Bill and Robin leave for college. Following her mother’s death, Lena returns to the village a cynical young adult, until Doc reintroduces her to her old friends Bill and Robin, physicists who have turned the barn into a laboratory. The bonds of friendship are soon re-formed and Lena stays on to help them with a secret experiment. When Robin’s wealthy father, local squire Sir Walter Grant, discontinues his financial support, Doc sells his practice and becomes their business partner. One night, Robin and Bill announce their success in creating a machine that can exactly reproduce any object. Sir Walter witnesses the reproduction of a document, and advises them to work with the government in order to avoid future misuse of their invention. Bill later confides in Doc that he has fallen in love with Lena, but fears she will reject him. Doc offers to speak to Lena on his behalf, but at a dinner celebrating the government’s approval of their company, Robin and Lena announce their engagement. Bill’s disappointment is apparent, and after Lena and Robin leave for their honeymoon, he uses their invention to duplicate animals. Bill admits to Doc that he has an ulterior motive for recreating life and enlists Doc’s help in creating a revivification process when the animals start dying. When Lena returns home from her honeymoon, Bill confesses his love and asks her help in creating a reproduction of herself. Lena uneasily consents but does not tell Robin, who is working with the government in London. Bill names Lena’s duplicate Helen, and takes her on a vacation. Within two weeks, however, Helen is haunted by thoughts of Robin. Bill is unaware of Helen’s unhappiness until she attempts to commit suicide by swimming into the ocean. Although he saves her, Helen refuses to reveal the source of her distress until Bill sends for Doc. Doc then informs Bill that, as Helen is an exact duplicate of Lena, she also possesses Lena’s emotions. After Bill and Helen return home, Lena agrees to assist in erasing Helen’s memory by using electric shock therapy. Robin unexpectedly returns home the same night to ask Bill’s help in London, and is surprised by Doc’s revelation about Bill’s activities. Robin and Doc head to the barn, where Helen has awakened from the procedure. When a fire breaks out in the machinery and quickly engulfs the barn, Robin arrives in time to save one of the women, but is unable to rescue Bill. Later in the hospital, Robin fears that he has rescued the wrong woman because she has no memory. Doc informs him that Helen would have two scars on the back of her neck due to the revivification process. Robin checks and discovers that he has indeed saved his own wife, Lena. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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