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Cry Terror! (1958)

Not Rated | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 2 May 1958 (USA)
Duped by former army pal Paul Hoplin into building a time-bomb, New York shop owner Jim Molner and his family become hostages of Hoplin who uses bomb-threats to extort money from airlines.

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Andrew L. Stone

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Andrew L. Stone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Mason ... Jim Molner
Inger Stevens ... Mrs. Joan Molner
Rod Steiger ... Paul Hoplin
Neville Brand ... Steve
Angie Dickinson ... Eileen Kelly
Kenneth Tobey ... Agent Frank Cole
Jack Klugman ... Vince, a thug
Jack Kruschen ... F.B.I. Agent Charles Pope
Carleton Young ... Roger Adams
Barney Phillips ... Dan Pringle
Harlan Warde ... Bert, Operative
Ed Hinton Ed Hinton ... Operative
Chet Huntley ... Himself
Roy Neal Roy Neal ... Himself
Jonathan Hole ... Airline Executive
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Storyline

Yesterday Jim Molner was an ordinary guy. Today he's a desperate man, frantically trying to save himself and his family, held hostage by a demented terrorist who's demanding $500,000 not to detonate a bomb he's planted on a domestic airliner. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Third Rail See more »

Filming Locations:

Hoboken, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$482,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

While filming a scene in a subway tunnel, Inger Stevens and Rod Steiger were nearly asphyxiated by carbon monoxide fumes. Steiger said years later that when they were being given oxygen, Stevens tried to refuse it. She said at the time she wanted to die; Steiger and the crew had to convince her otherwise. Years later on April 30, 1970, when Ms. Stevens was only 35 years old, she died of an overdose. See more »

Goofs

The Imperial driven by Paul Hoplin changes from an old-style two-headlight model to the newer four-headlight version. Early in the movie, when Hoplin is in the phone booth, you can see the two-headlight car in the background. Later, when he is driving Joan Molner to Vince's apartment, it is the newer style four-headlight model. In 1957 the four-headlight system was optional, because it was not yet legal in all states. It became standard with the 1958 models. See more »

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Improbable story with great cast
4 February 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Although this is one improbable story a great cast moves Cry Terror along. In watching this I suggest you do not take a bathroom break as you'll miss some kind of thrilling moment.

James Mason is a TV repairman with wife Inger Stevens and little daughter Terry Ann Ross and during the late war he was in underwater demolition with Rod Steiger. Steiger comes to Mason with a proposition that he build some kind of triggering device that they can sell to the Navy. Only Steiger puts it on some bombs and is making extortion threats against an airline run by Carlton Young.

Now that he's got Mason implicated in his extortion scheme Steiger takes Mason and family hostage and he has Stevens go to collect the payoff. She gives as much information as she can to FBI agent Kenneth Tobey and without following her, the FBI races against time to catch Steiger and his gang before they do some grievous harm to the airlines and Mason's family.

Mason and Steiger are a great pair of leads and a contrasting study in acting styles just like Steiger and Humphrey Bogart were in The Harder They Fall. Stevens gives one of her best performances on the big screen as the frightened wife.

Steiger's accomplices are quite a study in low lives. Jack Klugman as a punk, Neville Brand as drug addicted sex criminal, and psycho nymphomaniac Angie Dickinson are some real criminal specimens. They give good competition to the leads.

It's an improbable story, but the tension never lets up the second that Steiger takes the hostages. Those last three minutes or so will stay with you forever as they did with me when I first saw Cry Terror several decades ago.


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