Fear (March 2, 1946)
Released on March 2, 1946: A college student kills a pawn broker to get enough money to finish school, and experiences great fear as the cops play a cat-and-mouse game with him.
Produced by Lindsley Parsons
Directed by Alfred Zeisler
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky with screenplay by Dennis J. Cooper and Alfred Zeisler
The Actors: Peter Cookson (Larry Crain), Warren William (Police Captain Burke), Anne Gwynne (Eileen Stevens), Francis Pierlot (Professor Stanley), Nestor Paiva (Detective Shaefer), James Cardwell (Ben, a student), Almira Sessions (Mrs. Williams, landlady), William Moss (Al), Harry Clay (student), Johnny Strong (student), Ernie Adams (house painter), Charles Calvert (Doc), Phyllis Ayres (pedestrian), Tony Barrett (narrator), Ken Broeker (uniformed officer), Fairfax Burger (magician), James Conaty (man in police station), Chester Conklin (railroad switchman), Bubbles Hecht (blonde), Hy Jason (pedestrian), Carl M. Leviness (tailor), Darren McGavin (blonde student), Pat McKee (second bartender at the Sea Hawk), Winnie Nard (pedestrian), Paul Newlan (first bartender at the Sea Hawk), Jack Richardson (pedestrian), Cedric Stevens (unknown), Brick Sullivan (policeman), Lee 'Lasses' White (janitor)
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Who Do I Have To Kill?
Fear is one of the most powerful negative emotions that man can experience . . . and fear is not even a 'real' thing . . . more times than not the things we fear the most never actually happen . . . we nurture destructive fear for nothing at all. Larry Crain is a medical student with two years to go, and he is out of money and out of options. He must become a doctor, but there is no way to get the money to finish his education . . . unless . . . he can kill Professor Stanley. Professor Stanley, one of the teachers at the medical school, often loans students money in exchange for their possessions . . . a pawn broker of sorts. Larry kills the old man with the intention of stealing the money in his money box, but after killing the professor Larry is interrupted by a couple of students knocking at the door who want to pawn something with the professor . . . Fear strikes the heart of Larry and although he escapes the professor's apartment without notice he has forgotten to steal the money . . . he has murdered for NOTHING! . . . Now it gets really weird . . . the next day he gets a huge check for one of the stories that he has written and submitted to magazines for publishing, so he has all the money he needs . . . except now he is a murderer. Police Captain Burke and Detective Shaefer talk to Larry and Shaefer seems to be everywhere Larry is . . . watching . . . waiting . . . looking for any sign from Larry . . . and Fear . . . deep, destructive fear . . . grips every inch of Larry's body. He tries to act very innocent when talking to Captain Burke and Detective Shaefer, but he fears that they know . . . he fears that he will be caught . . . and yet he is not arrested . . . just teased by the comments of the coppers . . . Do they suspect him? . . . Do they know? . . . Will he confess? . . . Will his dad-blamed heart ever stop beating so loudly? . . . Now that I have you interested, I can tell you that this gripping modern day thriller was written in Russia in 1866 by Fyodor Dostoyevsky as a novel named Crime and Punishment . . . Yup . . . school kids today will not have a clue, but back in the day novels like this were regular homework assignments for school kids. To be honest, I'm kinda jealous of the kids today who are never asked to read such long and intricate stories . . . the movie is much better . . . And know that the story is one of the best conceived plots you will ever experience, written by a master story teller. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and get ready for the surprise of your life when you hit the last two minutes of this murder thriller.
Anne Gwynne and Peter Cookson at the bar
Ernie Adams stares at Peter Cookson
Francis Pierlot and Peter Cookson
Nestor Paiva and Anne Gwynne
Nestor Paiva watches Peter Cookson read the newspaper
Peter Cookson and Almira Sessions
Peter Cookson, Almira Sessions and Nestor Paiva
Peter Cookson and Ernie Adams
Peter Cookson and Francis Pierlot
Peter Cookson and James Cardwell
Peter Cookson and Nestor Paiva
William Warren and Peter Cookson