The yarn is set in Canada. Though filmed in Britain, the Canadian atmosphere is remarkably well conveyed. It deals with a senile, psychopathic pervert (Felix Aylmer) with a yen for little girls. When he persuades two innocent little girls to dance naked in front of him in exchange for candy, the English parents of one of them decide to take him to court. Unfortunately, they do not realize that he is the local big shot, the man who has helped to build the Canadian town to its prosperity and power.

The yarn is set in Canada. Though filmed in Britain, the Canadian atmosphere is remarkably well conveyed. It deals with a senile, psychopathic pervert (Felix Aylmer) with a yen for little girls. When he persuades two innocent little girls to dance naked in front of him in exchange for candy, the English parents of one of them decide to take him to court. Unfortunately, they do not realize that he is the local big shot, the man who has helped to build the Canadian town to its prosperity and power.

Gwen Watford and Patrick Allen, as the distraught parents, and Alison Leggatt, as a wise, understanding grandmother, lead a cast which is directed with complete sensitivity by Cyril Frankel. Both Watford and Allen are completely credible while Leggatt, well-served by John Hunter’s script, is outstanding.

Aylmer, who doesn’t utter a word throughout the film, gives a terrifying acute study of crumbling evil, while Bill Nagy, as his son, is equally effective.

Never Take Sweets from a Stranger

UK

Production

Hammer. Director Cyril Frankel; Producer Anthony Hinds; Screenplay John Hunter; Camera Freddie Francis; Editor Jim Neels; Music Elizabeth Lutyens

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1960. Running time: 81 MIN.

With

Gwen Watford Patrick Allen Felix Aylmer Niall MacGinnis Alison Leggatt Bill Nagy
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