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The Threat (1949)

Vicious hood 'Red' Kluger escapes from Folsom State Prison and follows through on his threats to the detective who arrested him and the D.A. who convicted him.

Director:

Felix E. Feist (as Felix Feist)

Writers:

Dick Irving Hyland (screenplay), Hugh King (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael O'Shea ... Detective Ray Williams
Virginia Grey ... Carol
Charles McGraw ... Arnold 'Red' Kluger
Julie Bishop ... Ann Williams
Frank Conroy ... District Attorney Barker MacDonald
Robert Shayne ... Police Insp. Murphy
Anthony Caruso ... Nick Damon
Don McGuire ... Joe Turner
Frank Richards ... Lefty
Michael McHale ... Detective Jensen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Nesbitt Norman Nesbitt ... Policeman on Television (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

At Folsom State Prison, several inmates escape...including killer Arnold Kluger, who swore revenge on the detective and district attorney responsible for his conviction. Despite precautions, the two men are soon in Kluger's power, together with showgirl Carol whom he suspects of informing on him. At a shack in the California desert, Kluger, two henchmen, and four hostages wait, and wait, for an escape plane that may never come. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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KILLER IN JAILBREAK on vengeance trail!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Kluger's escape car is a 1941 Ford 4-door sedan. See more »

Goofs

A newspaper article incorrectly identifies the District Attorney as MacDonald Barker when his name is actually Barker MacDonald. See more »

Quotes

Arnold 'Red' Kluger: Give me your watch!
[Smashes it]
Arnold 'Red' Kluger: Now you don't have to worry about the time!
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Good minor film noir...Charles McGraw excellent...
1 October 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

CHARLES McGRAW is not the first name you think of when it comes to actors who specialized in good film noirs during the '40s and '50s, but in THE THREAT he shows why he was one of the best in this genre.

McGraw is an ex-convict who kidnaps a D.A. (FRANK CONROY), a policeman (MICHAEL O'SHEA) and a singer (VIRGINIA GREY) to get even with them, his revenge motive. Pretty JULIE BISHOP is O'Shea's worried wife.

There's not a wasted moment of running time in the brisk one hour and six minute film. It starts with the prison break, proceeds with the kidnapping and the suspense remains taut during the police investigation and chase. It was obviously filmed on a low budget, but the B&W photography is crisp and all the performances are first rate. RALPH BYRD as a thug and VIRGINIA GREY as the captive girlfriend do well in good supporting roles.

It's McGraw who makes the strongest impression as a steely-eyed killer, especially during the tense closing scenes with the captives held at gunpoint. Well worth watching.


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