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This 1955 gothic thriller was Fritz Lang's first encounter with CinemaScope; the experience would later prompt his famous remark that the wide screen was suitable “only for snakes and funerals.” Unfortunately, the film has not circulated in 'Scope for years, leaving Lang's difficulties to be taken on faith. What remains is a suggestive, subjective account of an orphan boy's apprenticeship to a dashing smuggler (Stewart Granger). The film ends, with unexpected seriousness, on a strange mystical note. With George Sanders, Joan Greenwood, and Viveca Lindfors. 89 min.

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