The Strange Awakening

1958

Montgomery Tully
Director
Anglo Amalgamated
Distributor
Merton Park Studios
Production Company

Man vacationing in southern France is knocked out by a hitch hiker and wakes up with amnesia. A local wealthy clan claims he is their prodigal son returned, but there are baser and more sinister motives at work.

Neat little B-movie with a nasty climax. Barker holds his own as the amnesiac trying to make sense of things, and Gastoni is her usual underrated self. The US version is shorn of 13 minutes, so the pace is a bit choppy. The only casualty among the cast appears to be Maxted, whose nasty Mr. Moffatt, much hyped in dialogue, but reduced to a nasty wordless cameo.

-Dave W.



13th April 1958
Cinema



82 mins
1.37:1


28th April 1960
Cinema

Not Rated

69 mins
1.33:1



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Lex Barker
Peter Chance
(alias Gordon Renton Friend, Jr.)
Carole Mathews
Selena Friend
Lisa Gastoni
Marny Friend
Nora Swinburne
Mrs. Friend
Peter Dyneley
Dr. Rene Normand
Joe Robinson
Sven
Malou Pantera
Isabella
Richard Molinas
Louis
John Serret
Commissaire Sagain
Stanley Maxted
Mr. Moffat
Monica Grey
Iris Chance
Yvonne Andre
French Nun
Raf De La Torre
Mr. Petheridge
Unknown
Gordon Renton Friend, Sr.
(photo)
Unknown
The Real Gordy Friend
(photo)
Unknown
Policeman

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