Can a man be in two places at the same time? Can he have slept with an attractive girl in her apartment when he's only ever seen her briefly, and didn't even know her address? It is bewildering questions such as these that torment Harold Pelham when he recovers from a near fatal car accident - an accident which has strange undertones. Pelham himself is every inch the city businessman, conservative in dress, staid in manner with a lovely wife and a young family. A man of substance.... a man truly set in his ways. So how does Julie, an attractive girl he has only seen once, claim such an intimate relationship? As each day passes the enigma deepens, the mystery becomes more unfathomable, and more terrifying. It is only after his wife, children, and best friend turn from him as from a complete stranger that Pelham discovers the terrifying truth.
This film is Prisoneresque, in the way that there are two Six's in 'The Schizoid Man,' when No.6 is trying to prove his identity against his double. And 'Fall Out,' when No.6 meets No.1 his alter ego, much in the same way as Pelham, comes face to face with himself, his alter ego. Although perhaps not in the case of Curtis, who is merely impersonating No.6. But to all intents and purposes there were two No.6's in the Village.
One of my favourite films, Roger Moore's finest hour!ReplyDelete
Good to hear from you. The film is on my list of favourite films. And I agree, I think it was Roger Moore's finest hour.
I trust the DVD arrived safely.
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Paul and I also enjoyed this film,although it is many years ago since we first saw it.I had forgotten about it, so thank you for bringing it to our attention....
Thinking about the film, I wondered which pelham turned out to be the dominant one at the end of the film? Or was Pelhm simply himself?
I know Roger Moore played Simon Templer 'The Saint,' and as James Bond in several films, as well as acting in a number of other films. But I think that 'The Man Who Haunted himself' was his finest film.
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