Among the Living (1941 film)

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Among the Living
Among the Living (film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Stuart Heisler
Produced by Sol C. Siegel
Screenplay by Garrett Fort
Lester Cole
Story by Brian Marlow
Lester Cole
Starring Albert Dekker
Susan Hayward
Frances Farmer
Music by Gerard Carbonara
Cinematography Theodor Sparkuhl
Edited by Everett Douglas
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • December 12, 1941 (1941-12-12) (New York City)
Running time
67 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Among the Living is a 1941 horror suspense film directed by Stuart Heisler, and starring Albert Dekker, Susan Hayward, and Frances Farmer.[1]


Albert Dekker plays twins, John and Paul. Paul was supposed to have died when he was 10 years old, but actually went insane and was shut up in a secret room in his parents' mansion. This film noir is a mix of social drama, horror film, and suspense thriller.



Critical response[edit]

Film critic Dennis Schwartz discussed the literary background and the stylistic genre/style of the film in his review. He wrote, "This horror/crime thriller fits somewhere in the category between the Southern Gothic literary tradition of Poe and film noir, as it was released in 1941 at about the time of The Maltese Falcon. That popular Bogie film received recognition as one of the early examples of noir. Stuart Heisler is the capable director of Among The Living, but the excellent atmospheric black-and-white photography by Theodor Sparkuhl gives the film its magnificent definition. Sparkuhl's German Expressionism set a stylistic high bar for all such moody films ... This gripping film is a substantial horror/crime thriller. It beautifully touches base with the Frankenstein story, as the scene where Paul walks the streets tasting freedom after his escape is similar to the way the popular monster movie showed the innocent Frankenst ein after his escape."[2]


  1. ^ Among the Living at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, July 20, 2004. Accessed: August 18, 2013.

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