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The Threat (1949)

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

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(as Felix Feist)

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(screenplay), (story) | 1 more credit »
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Arnold 'Red' Kluger
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Frank Conroy ...
District Attorney Barker MacDonald
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Police Insp. Murphy
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Nick Damon
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Joe Turner
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Lefty
Michael McHale ...
Detective Jensen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Nesbitt ...
Policeman on Television (unconfirmed)
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Tony Anzio (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

At Folsom Prison, several inmates escape...including killer Arnold Kluger, who swore revenge on the detective and district attorney who convicted him. 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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Genres:

Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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1 December 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terror  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Charles McGraw- Wonderful Character Actor
10 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember the first time I saw this movie- almost twenty years ago on AMC. Charles McGraw BLEW me away!!! He has been my favorite actor EVER SINCE!! He steals this movie from Michael O'Shea and with his steel blue eyes totally captivates every scene he is in. McGraw clearly IS the movie and in every scene demonstrates why he was and is considered to be one of the movies best villains. McGraw's "technique" lets us know that he was an actor to be reckoned with and that he was going to be around for a long time, which he was- another forty years as one of our better character actors who was given the lead in a few "B" movies and provided support in many "A" and "B" movies. To say nothing of the numerous television appearances he made. I can not envision too many actors taking this role and fully making it his own the way Mr.McGraw did. Even though his "look" left him for the most part typecast, he was one of our best character actors and "The Threat" bears the proof. Once you hear that voice, see those eyes and watch him do his stuff you can't take your eyes off him!! A Wonderful and Compelling Actor. Signed Mercedyz


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