The Man in the Net
|The Man in the Net|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Curtiz|
|Produced by||Walter Mirisch
|Screenplay by||Reginald Rose|
|Story by||Hugh Wheeler|
|Music by||Hans J. Salter|
|Cinematography||John F. Seitz|
|Edited by||Richard V. Heermance|
The Mirisch Corporation
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Running time||98 minutes|
Commercial artist John Hamilton (Alan Ladd) and wife Linda (Carolyn Jones) leave New York and move to Stoneville, Connecticut, in the New England countryside, to escape the bustle of the city and because of John's growing concern about Linda's alcoholism.
John quickly befriends the town's children, but he's treated like an outsider by many of the adults. Linda misses their social life in New York, as well as the salary John made there.
She insists they attend a party at the home of Brad (John Lupton) and Vickie Carey (Diane Brewster), where the guests include another married couple, Roz (Betty Lou Holland) and Gordon Moreland (Tom Helmore), the wealthy father of Brad Carey. A scene is created by an intoxicated Linda, who insults John and lies that he gave her a black eye, confessing to Vickie after the party that she actually fell while drunk. In anger, she tells John she's been having an extramarital affair with a local policeman, Steve Ritter (Charles McGraw).
John agrees to go to New York for a job interview arranged by his wife behind his back. When he returns, Linda is nowhere to be found. A suitcase belonging to her is spotted by a city dump. Unable to find John's wife, police and neighbors suspect him of murder. Villagers stone his house. Ritter arrives to arrest him. John flees and is given refuge by the children, who know of a secret cave.
Evidence is found linking Linda to another man. A tape recording is left as bait, and John, who suspects someone else, is surprised when Brad turns up looking for the tape. It reveals he's the one Linda had the affair with and the one who physically abused her, but John soon discovers that it was Mr. Carey who actually killed Linda to cover up for his cowardly son.
- Alan Ladd as John Hamilton
- Carolyn Jones as Linda Hamilton
- Diane Brewster as Vickie Carey
- John Lupton as Brad Carey
- Charles McGraw as Sheriff Steve Ritter
- Tom Helmore as Gordon Moreland
- Betty Lou Holland as Roz Moreland
- John Alexander as Mr. Carey, Brad's father
- Ed Binns as State Police Capt. Green
- Kathryn Givney as Mrs. Carey, Brad's mother
- Barbara Beaird as Emily Jones
- Susan Gordon as Angel Jones
- Michael McGreevey as Buck Ritter
- Charles Herbert as Timmie Moreland
- Steve Perry as Leroy, Alonzo's son
The film was mostly shot in Hollywood with some location shooting in Framingham, Massachusetts. Also, the exterior of "The Chimney House", a location that figures prominently in the story is Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Connecticut.
When the film was released, Richard W. Neson, film critic for The New York Times, liked the film's Miss Canfield, from Leave It To Beaver, and Carolyn Jones's acting, writing, "More interesting is the dialogue by Mr. Rose and his preoccupation with injustice. The lines show a keen love for kids and an honest regard for the need to interject reality into a yarn that is tediously familiar once it settles down into its melodramatic formula. Miss Jones plays the wife with controlled fanaticism. Mr. Ladd, on the other hand, performs in his usual, cool style, which under the hectic circumstances mutes his personality to the point of unreality.
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- The Man in the Net at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Man in the Net at the Internet Movie Database
- The Man in the Net at AllMovie
- The Man in the Net at the TCM Movie Database
- The Man in the Net informational page and DVD review by novelist Jamie S. Rich at DVD Talk
- The Man in the Net informational page at actress Susan Gordon web-site
- The Man in the Net film trailer on YouTube