Never Take Candy From A Stranger

Never Take Candy From A Stranger

Director: Cyril Frankel

Cast: Cyril Frankel, Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen, Felix Aylmer

In a small Canadian town, an elderly and well-respected man is accused of making sexual advances toward a very young girl.


In a small Canadian town, an elderly and well-respected man is accused of making sexual advances toward a very young girl.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An undeservedly neglected little gem, Never Take Candy from a Stranger is a gripping, absorbing drama about the difficult subject of child molestation that, were it not for a fall into melodrama during its final 15 minutes or so, would be absolutely first rate. Even with the change at the end, which does work from a "social issues" point of view even as it weakens the picture dramatically, Candy is worth seeking out on those very rare occasions that it makes an appearance. Though produced by Hammer Studios, well known for its no-holds-barred horror productions, Candy is a restrained, non-exploitative look at both child molestation and at the manner in which forces of justice can be perverted in favor of the powerful. This last aspect of Candy is a bit simplistic, but it adds power to the film, and the court room scenes are among the film's finest. The pain, anguish, and courage of the family involved is all conveyed vividly, and while it is clear where the moral sympathies of the filmmakers lie, they do take pains to give the villain some humanity. That this is accomplished despite the fact that the molester never says a word is testament not only to writer John Hunter and director Cyril Frankel , but also to the fine work of cinematographer Freddie Francis and especially to the nuanced, deep work of Felix Aylmer. The entire cast is good, with young Janina Faye notable for her exceptional performance. Candy deserves a much wider audience.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gwen Watford Sally Carter
Patrick Allen Peter Carter
Felix Aylmer Clarence Olderberry, Sr.
Niall MacGinnis Defense Counsel
Alison Leggatt Martha
Bill Nagy Clarence Olderberry, Jr.
Macdonald Parke Judge
Michael Gwynn Prosecutor
Janina Faye Jean Carter
James Dyrenforth Dr. Stevens
Estelle Brody Eunice Kalliduke
Robert Arden Tom Demarest
William Abney State Trooper
Mark Baker Clerk of the Court
John Bloomfield Foreman of Jury
Tom Busby Policeman
Gaylord Cavallaro Neal Phillips
Vera Cook Mrs. Demarest
Michael Hammond Sammy Nash
Helen Horton Sylvia Kingsley
Jack Lynn Dr. Montfort
Bud Knapp Hammond
Cal McCord Charles Kalliduke
Peter Carlisle Usher
Charles Maunsell Janitor

Technical Credits
Cyril Frankel Director
Roy Ashton Makeup
Alfred Cox Editor
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Anthony Hinds Producer
John Hunter Screenwriter
John Hollingsworth Musical Direction/Supervision
Elisabeth Lutyens Score Composer
Don Mingaye Art Director
James Needs Editor
Bernard Robinson Art Director

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