Among the Living


Drama / Film-Noir / Mystery

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 50%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 609

Keywords:   noir, evil twin

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Susan Hayward as Millie Pickens
Harry Carey as Dr. Ben Saunders
629.96 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 8 min
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Reviewed by MartinHafer 6 / 10

Perhaps the inspiration from a "Treehouse of Horror" episode of "The Simpsons".

The plot to "Among the Living" is silly and impossible to believe. However, it does appear to be the inspiration for an episode of "The Simpsons"--the one where Bart discovers that he has an identical 'evil' twin who's been locked in the attic for many years! Homer and Marge feed Hugo fish heads and have kept his existence a secret for years! Who would have thought a film would have dared have such a bizarro plot?!

When the film begins, the family patriarch dies and his son John (Albert Dekker) arrives for the funeral. Little does John know that his identical brother, Paul (also Dekker), is STILL alive and did not die as a small child. The family doctor (Harry Carey) divulges the family secret to John...Paul is still alive and insane and has been kept hidden in a secret room in the family mansion! Coincidentally, at this same time, Paul kills his keeper and escapes! Now two identical looking guys are running about town...and one is on occasion unpredictable and homicidal. So it's up to the Doctor and John to try to find Paul...however the heartless Doctor soon tries to stop John from contacting the police by threatening to destroy him! However, Paul is not intend with only killing his keeper...and the bodies start piling up in town. And, soon John is assumed to be the crazed killer by mistake!

As I mentioned above, the plot for this one is just you really have to suspend disbelief in order to watch this one. Despite this, I did enjoy Dekker's performance as he played both characters, particularly Paul, quite well. Goofy and still very watchable.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 7 / 10

Radon Family Values

Although Among The Living is a B film from Paramount it's a real nugget of gold among a lot of B dross. You will rarely see mob violence depicted as well as in this film. Two films that this stands comparison with in that regard are Fury and Night Of The Hunter.

It's also a great example of the mobility of careers. Frances Farmer whose career was heading down is in a relatively colorless part of the wife of one Albert Dekker. Susan Hayward plays the slutty daughter of a boardinghouse owner who gets involved with the other twin Dekker. She's got the far juicier role and makes the most of it.

Once upon a time a man had two twin sons both of whom grew up to be Albert Dekker. As is told by the town doctor Harry Carey, one was sent to a prep school, the other stayed at home. By all accounts dad was a tyrant at home and at work where he owned the mill that employed most of the town. The twin that stayed at home witnessed dad beating on mom and tried to stop it. Dad picked him and threw him against a wall injuring his brain.

Rather than risk exposure dad had his friend Harry Carey fake a death certificate and they kept the kid in a locked room. Now father is dead and the kid who has grown up to be Albert Dekker is a now quite unhinged and murders a family servant to escape.

And while out murders a woman that the town blames his brother for. Quite a dilemma for the sane Dekker and wife Farmer.

Hayward gives a good account of herself, but the film really belongs to Albert Dekker. This is quite possibly his career film, even more so than Dr. Cyclops. Especially playing the mad son, you really do feel for him knowing it's not his fault the way he is.

With a good does of both noir and Gothic horror, I highly recommend this film for fans of both genres. And definitely for fans of Susan Hayward as I am.

Reviewed by boblipton 6 / 10

A Pulpish Take On HIGH SIERRA

Twenty years ago, the town's founder discovered one of his two twin sons was insane. He had doctor Harry Carey fake a death certificate, had an old servant at the house to care for him, then moved the other son and himself into the town's best hotel. Now he has died, the town mill has closed down until the sane son, played by Albert Dekker, decides to reopen it. The other son, also played by Dekker, kills the old servant, and flees into town.

In many ways, this movie is reminiscent of HIGH SIERRA; Susan Hayward, who plays the love interest to the insane son, even gives a performance reminiscent of Ida Lupino in the other movie. It's a very watchable movie, with Dekker quite convincing as the two men, particularly the naive insane brother. It doesn't live up to its competitor, because it elevates the pulpish and melodramatic aspects of the plots, and doesn't make use of the introspective elements that the other movie emphasize. At 67 minutes, it lacks the time to do so. With Frances Farmer, Gordon Jones, and Maude Eburne.

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