Never Take Sweets from a Stranger 1960 UK Drama Horror
Stars: Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen, Felix Aylmer
Never Take Sweets From a Stranger Story Line. Jean Carter, nine-year-old daughter of the town’s newly-appointed school principal, Peter Carter and his wife Sally, is playing in the woods with her 11-year-old friend Lucille, when Jean discovers she has lost her purse containing her “candy” money. Lucille tells her she knows where they can get sweets for nothing, and leads her to an imposing mansion, from which the owner, Clarence Olderberry, Sr., a tall, gaunt man of 70 has been watching the girls from a window.
That night Jean, unable to sleep, tells her parents that Oldeberry made her and Lucille dance before him nude in exchange for some candy. Carter files a complaint, but the local police chief, Captain Hammond, is skeptical of Jean’s story and warns Carter that the Oldenberry family put the town on the map and have far more standing in the community than the new-comer Carters. Oldenberry, Jr. also tells Carter that if he follows up on the complaint he may be certain that Oldenberry’s lawyers will show Jean no mercy.
The old man (Felix Aylmer) who abuses the two little girls, who is taken to court, and finally follows them in the woods, is definitely one of the most terrifying monsters to come out of Hammer Films. Never Take Sweets From a Stranger still works today as an effective and startling drama. In 1960 it must have been shocking to audiences. Very good black and white widescreen cinematography.
- Director: Cyril Frankel
- Country: UK
- Language: English
- Production Co: Hammer Films
- Run time: 81 minutes
- Sound: Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
- Color: Black and White
- Format: Widescreen
- Region: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC
Sample Video from Never Take Sweets from a Stranger
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