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Four Sided Triangle (1953)

Barbara Payton , James Hayter , Terence Fisher  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Barbara Payton, James Hayter, Stephen Murray, John Van Eyssen, Percy Marmont
  • Directors: Terence Fisher
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2000
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305807906
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,903 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Four Sided Triangle" on IMDb

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Produced by England's famous Hammer Studios, FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE is one of the first of many Hammer films to feature a mad scientist, played here by Stephen Murray. Murray stars as Dr. Bill Leggat who, along with his childhood friends Lena and Robin, creates a machine that can flawlessly replicate anything, be it animate or inanimate. Undermining the trio's professional relationship is the sexual tension that has been brewing for years. Both men are attracted to Lena, but, on the eve of the public announcement of their invention, Lena declares her love for Robin. Devastated, Bill decides to clone Lena, and names the clone, who has all of Lena's feelings and memories, Helen. Confident that Helen will love him, Bill takes her on a holiday. However, while away, Bill's relationship with Helen does not go as planned, causing Bill to resort to some shady experiments on Helen that will force her to love him. A creepy classic horror film that bears some resemblance to FRANKENSTEIN, FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE is an excellent and thought provoking example of 1950s science fiction cinema.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a viewing for sci-fi fans... July 19, 2003
Format:DVD
This is not really a horror picture, as you might naturally expect from the Hammer logo, and the synopsis on the back of the case. Any horror here is not visceral, and not even psychological. If anything, the horror (such as it is), is posed philosophically.
Actually a sci-fi effort, "The Four Sided Triangle" is a very good British black and white film from 1953. The production values are really pretty good, although the film was obviously made inexpensively. I liked the cast, location shooting, cinematography, and the basic overall story, which is in the best tradition of sci-fi short stories.
Two scientists create a new process to "reproduce" matter from energy (think of a cross between a photocopier and the replicators on "Star Trek"). Both scientists are in love with the same girl, and one is bound to lose when she finally chooses between them. However, the loser hits upon the idea of replicating the girl, so everyone can be happy and get what they want... at least on paper.
The gadget at the center of the tale, the "reproducer", is important but incidental. The device serves to facilitate the "what if?" quality of the story, making the normally impossible suddenly somehow possible. Scientific explanations of the device are not necessary, because the story is about how the characters react to the new problems their invention creates. In other words, the real story is between the characters, and unlike today's cineplex-infesting tripe, the focus is not on the special effects.
The film asks big questions that it never answers, and even then, it only asks them indirectly. Regardless, while the film is not completely successful, it does manage satisfy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars solid intersting Hammer film--a must for Hammer fans October 8, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
In the Four sided triangle, one can see nearly all of the history of Hammer horror spread out before the viewer. In this 1953 Terence Fisher, one can see the literate scripts, the attention to detail, the interest in small village life, the location shooting, the direction towards realism, early-though low key-gore and a buxom blonde. About the only thing we don't get is a Christopher Lee or a Peter Cushing. Even Michael Ripper did not make it for this one. The film is much better than it's reputation. While not slam bang, it is always interesting and has a more human touch with tragic elements than usual with Hammer. The film is in B & W and filmed very well in that medium. Considering Hammer's rep for bringing color to horror, it is significant to see that they could use B & W quite exquisitly if they choose too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Left side of Hammer April 2, 2012
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4 SIDED TRIANGLE is an early example of Hammer sci-fi/horror yet to come. Produced in 1952, it is an acquired taste to be sure, being very British in it's general decorum and language, but definitely well worth looking at and learning to enjoy. Borrowing a theme from METROPOLIS, it recounts the tale of a somewhat mad scientist's creating a duplicate of his best friend's girl for himself. Naturally, he doesn't realize the dangers therein. It also has one of the few on video performances of the poor late Barbara Payton that is worth viewing. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE - Good Sci-Fi flick for its Time January 29, 2009
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Four Sided Triangle was a good sci-fi flick for its time and I rate it at four stars. The plot was a bit farfetched and involved a reproduction machine that may as well have been Star Trek's Transporter (except for leaving the original intact).

When one of the male leads decides to reproduce the girl his partner marries (because he wants one too), this beautiful 50's blond is cloned, thoughts and all. Her duplicate wakes up still in love with the other guy. This plot might have made a good Twilight Zone or Woody Allan story. I actually think I remember seeing this one on TV and liked it then twice as much as I did a couple of days ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four Sided Triangle VHS July 15, 2011
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A bizarre movie but I liked it. The VHS tape arrived in great condition
and very quickly. The dealer is excellent and I would buy from him again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bill and Robin Hammer out their differences January 25, 2009
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Bill, Robin, and Lena (Stephen Murray, John Van Eyssen, and Barbara Payton) where friends since childhood. After diverging lives, they soon combine their talents to build a replicator, a device that can copy anything making a precise copy. Soon Lena must make up her mind as to who she will marry as it was inevitable. She picks Robin leaving bill as odd man out. No worry as Bill envisions a radical plan that we have all ready guesses. What will be the results?

This early Hammer film may have been a precursor to "The Fly" (1958.) At least the technical part. However, I believe as with all good Sci-Fi and many other genres this is a vehicle for people, their emotions, and how we deal with each other. The film is in the old English style and in black and white. It starts out in the tradition of "Our Town" as the local doctor narrates the story to us as a third party.
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