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4D Man

4D Man film poster
Directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
Produced by Jack H. Harris
Written by Jack H. Harris
Starring Robert Lansing
Lee Meriwether
James Congdon
Music by Ralph Carmichael
Cinematography Theodore J. Pahle
Editing by William B. Murphy
Release date(s) October 7, 1959
Running time 85 min.
Country United States
Language English

4D Man (also questionably known as The Evil Force and reissued as Master of Terror) is a 1959 American science fiction film, produced by Jack H. Harris from his own original screenplay and directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.. It was an independent production filmed around Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Plot

Brilliant but irresponsible scientist Tony Nelson (portrayed by James Congdon) develops an amplifier that allows any object to achieve a 4th dimensional state. While in this state that object can pass freely through any other object. Currently unemployed after burning down a college lab, Tony seeks out his brother Scott (Robert Lansing), a researcher working on a material called Cargonite that is so dense as to be impenetrable, with his experiment.

Scott is underpaid and underappreciated at his job but does not have the drive to challenge his employer for greater recognition. When his girlfriend (Lee Meriwether) falls for Tony, an enraged Scott steals Tony's experiment and starts playing with it, eventually sending himself into a 4th dimensional state. When he explains this to Tony, he learns that the amplifier was not functioning at the time, meaning Scott entered the 4D state via his own will.

While in the 4D state Scott can pass through any solid object. The downside is that while in the 4D state Scott uses up his life at an accelerated rate. To survive he must replenish his lifeforce by taking it from others by passing through them. Scott starts using his newfound power to acquire all the things he felt he was denied: money, recognition, power, and the love of his girlfriend. Tony realizes from the nature of the crimes that the only possible explanation is that Scott is on a rampage with his 4D abilities, and somehow Tony has to find a way to stop a man who is practically unstoppable.

Film sites

Many of the scenic countryside sites seen in the 4D Man film have since been asphalted under as shopping malls and housing developments. The area near Valley Forge Studios was a burgeoning film area from the early days of filmmaking. In the 1950s, a live-action, nationally live broadcast Western television series was shot in nearby Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania at a network affiliate TV studio. The series was Action in the Afternoon. An entire Montana pioneer town was recreated there. Valley Forge was also the home of an early silent film production company, the historic Lubin Film Studios (complete with backlot). This landmark artifact of early film history—located next to the Valley Forge Revolutionary War site—was saved from the wrecking ball and is now an upscale office complex.

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