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The Mark (1961)

Approved | | Drama | 26 January 1961 (UK)
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A man who served prison time for intent to molest a child tries to build a new life with the help of a sympathetic psychiatrist.

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Guy Green

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Charles E. Israel (novel) (as Charles Israel), Sidney Buchman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Whitman ... Jim Fuller
Maria Schell ... Ruth Leighton
Rod Steiger ... Dr. Edmund McNally
Brenda de Banzie ... Gertrude Cartwright
Donald Houston ... Austin
Donald Wolfit ... Andrew Clive
Paul Rogers ... Roy Milne
Maurice Denham ... Arnold Cartwright
Amanda Black Amanda Black ... Janie Leighton
Marie Devereux Marie Devereux ... Ellen
Bill Foley Bill Foley ... Mr. Fontaine
Anne Monaghan Anne Monaghan ... Mrs. Fontaine
Josephine Frayne Josephine Frayne ... Patricia Elmsworth
Eddie Byrne ... Akers
Bandana Das Gupta Bandana Das Gupta ... Inez
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Storyline

This is the story of a 36 year old man, Jim Fuller, released from prison after serving a three year term for intent to commit child molestation. Fuller is assisted by the prison psychiatrist in obtaining a position. He does well in this position and falls in love with the secretary of the owner of the company. A child is molested and beaten in the town where he now lives and the police pick him up for questioning. He has an alibi and is released, but a reporter who covered his former trial recognizes him. The reporter begins to follow him and reports that Fuller spent time alone with the daughter of his girl friend. Written by Dennis Beaman <dbeaman@cwnet.com>

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A film which doesn't 'protect' you from the truth! See more »

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Drama

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UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 January 1961 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gebrandmarkt See more »

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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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Rod Steiger also played a psychiatrist in "Teresa" (1951), his film debut. See more »

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When Jim is talking with Gertrude while she is knitting, as the camera is looking over his shoulder at Gertrude, his hands are down in his lap. When the scene shifts to when the camera is looking over Gertrude's shoulder at Jim, his hands are up, touching his chin. See more »

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Dr. Edmund McNally: Ego, sex, opportunity. Mix all that and you have the poet's dream; Love.
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Today's Audience Wouldn't Buy It
23 June 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Mark, daring for its time in handling the matter of recovering sex offenders, is rather tame stuff for today. It's also something that the cops on Special Victims Unit wouldn't buy in a million years.

Mainly because the rate of recidivism among them is very high. Rod Steiger as psychiatrist claims he's 'cured' Stuart Whitman of any lingering desires for pubescent young females, but Detectives Benson and Stabler would never buy it.

The film is a British production with three imported stars. Stuart Whitman is an American who settled in London and did serve a stretch in prison for unlawful imprisonment of a minor. Rod Steiger tried out the brogue he was to use 14 years later in Hennessy as the psychiatrist who works with sex offenders. And Maria Schell from Austria plays a young widow with a child who develops a relationship with Whitman.

Whitman's been placed in a job with Donald Wolfit's firm and he knows about Whitman and why he was in jail. Brenda DaBanzie and Maurice Denham rent Whitman a room and start treating him like surrogate parents. Things really start going well for Whitman, but when he's picked up for questioning in a child sex murder, reporter Donald Houston recognizes him and writes a story. A lot of people then reevaluate their relationship with Whitman.

As for what happens you'll have to see the film for it. It's a well acted drama, Stuart Whitman got an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, but lost to Maximilian Schell, Maria's brother ironically enough for Judgment at Nuremberg. Still it could never be made today, because the audience simply wouldn't buy it.


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