Synopsis: Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by richer neighbours he started to exhibit an obsessive and selfish urge to make more and more money, loving and leaving women at will to further this end.
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir
Director(s): Edgar G. Ulmer
Production: Eagle-Lion
104 min


It's been a long time. A long time.

But it doesn't seem long enough

for all the things I can remember.

From what you tell me, this man gives

one a lot of things to remember him by.

Look at that gate.

Larger than life, huh?

That's him all over.

Are you sure you are not exaggerating?

Darling it's possible to live so much in

the past that it affects one's judgment.

I've never been able to judge him.

Too near him for too long.

Loved him too much.

And hated him too much.

You mustn't feel this way.

He's only a man.

Yes, but a man who can

twist you and warp you.

I'm glad I'm rid of him.

But you're not.

You've never been rid of him. You've

talked of no-one else since we first met.

Darling, you mustn't let him

have such a hold on you.

Good evening.

If you please, sir. May I

have your invitation card?

Of course.

Thank you.

It's quite alright.

I'll not announce you as

Mr Vendig is speaking.

That way, sir.

Thank you.

I'm afraid we're rather late.

Understanding of, and sympathy for,

divergent cultural patterns ..

Are certainly basic to the

attainment of our goal.

Such a foundation, consequently, might

in its small, human and intimate way ..

Serve the all-important

cause of world peace.

That's Vendig.

My friends, I've enjoyed

the battle of life.

And I've tasted defeat.

I've enjoyed the fruits

of victory to the full.

But after the dread lesson

of the last few years.

I think that all of us are a little

weary of victories and battles.

Whether great or small.

We want peace.

I may assure the Under-Secretary and his

colleagues from the State Department.

I may assure our friends,

the delegates of the United Nations.

That I am not proposing.

To take over, alone and unaided.

The functions of their

great organization.

I can offer only .. the Peace Foundation

which I have described to you.

It will need a home.

Mr Secretary and gentlemen, I ask

your joint acceptance of this house ..

And the 3,000 acres of

ground surrounding it.

The Foundation .. will need funds.

I ask your joint acceptance, of an

endowment fund of 25 million dollars.

Thank you.


It must mean a great

deal to own this house.

I wonder why he wants to give it away.

But you miss the point, young lady.

It's for the cause of peace.

Mr Vendig wants peace.

Hello Lambdin.


George says it's taxes.

Yes, being a realist,

I've got it all figured out.

To begin with, take

the taxes on this place.

I happen to know them. They're murder.

Yes, but there is the 25 million.

it still has to do with taxes.

George, you've got to learn

to think on a bigger scale.

This beautiful young lady knows

what I mean in a word .. peace.

It seems to me any effort for peace

should be praised, whatever the motive.

It wasn't peace in the

world I was thinking of.

I was thinking of the peace within.

Within Woodruff Vendig's soul.

Paul, which would you rather say?

Vendig's soul or taxes?

Taxes. Every time.

Besides, if he wanted peace,

what are you doing here?

You are all talking as if he just died

and we're here to criticize the remains.

Vendig is still very much alive.

Be so good as to step into

the study, Mr Lambdin.

Mr Vendig's personal request.


This way, sir.

I know the way.

Yes, sir.

They're the first businessmen I've met who

are like what businessmen are meant to be.

George told you he was a realist.

A realist has to question the motives

behind a big gesture as this tonight.


Why not accept it for what it is?

A man's hope for the future.

Perhaps they know Vendig better.

Possibly, a man can change.

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