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How Awful About Allan (1970)

After an eight-month stay in a mental hospital, a tormented man comes home to live with his sister; but a mysterious boarder may be trying to kill him.

Director:

Curtis Harrington

Writers:

Henry Farrell (teleplay), Henry Farrell (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Perkins ... Allan
Julie Harris ... Katherine
Joan Hackett ... Olive
Kent Smith ... Raymond
Robert H. Harris ... Dr. Ellins
Molly Dodd ... Inmate
Billy Bowles Billy Bowles ... Harold Dennis
Trent Dolan Trent Dolan ... Eric
Bill Erwin ... Dr. Ames (as William Erwin)
Jeannette Howe Jeannette Howe ... Katherine - Child
Kenneth Lawrence Kenneth Lawrence ... Allan - Child
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Storyline

After a fire which killed his father and scarred his sister, a guilt-ridden victim of psychosomatic blindness is released from a mental hospital and goes back home to stay with his estranged sister. However, it appears that someone is out for revenge and wants to drive him crazy. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Allan, Wouldn't You Be Better Off Dead? See more »

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Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violent images and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Che succede al povero Allan? See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to Anthony Perkins' contract with Aaron Spelling Productions, the film was originally scheduled to shoot 15 days, for which Anthony Perkins was paid $30,000.00 plus SAG agreements for outside territories and replays. See more »

Goofs

Apparently set in dead of winter (everyone keeps talking about freezing temperatures and how cold it is), but grass, trees and bushes in exterior scenes are all green. See more »

Quotes

[after rescuing his sister from a house fire]
Allan: I'm blind.
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Norman, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh!
30 March 2007 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a pretty good made for TV film. Tony Perkins is always worth watching. He so underplays his character that for a long time, I couldn't stand him. There are lots of people who care about him and he seems so ungrateful. Then weird stuff begins to happen. He is so filled with guilt, feeling he is responsible for the fiery death of his abusive father and the disfigurement of his sister, we can see the guilt, there on his sleeve. Though he is aware of his anger, he still tries to go on. At one point, he really begins the process to get himself put back in the institution which held him since the fire. People try to help him, but there is a constant undercurrent of deception. But we can't put our fingers on it. Perkins does so much with his facial expressions and, of course, Julie Harris is one of America's best actresses. There are many twists and turns and questions and they are subtly put forth. There is no heavy handedness here, which would have ruined the film. See it if you can.


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