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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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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
Frank Richards ...
Lefty
Michael McHale ...
Detective Jensen
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Norman Nesbitt ...
Policeman on Television (unconfirmed)
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Tony Anzio (unconfirmed)
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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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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

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1 December 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terror  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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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One Hardboiled Cookie
29 June 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Except for the light-hearted beginning and end, this is one hard-boiled cookie of a movie, (my apology to gourmets). Kluger (McGraw) may take hostages for criminal purposes, but the screenplay takes no prisoners. It's smart, tough, and efficient, another minor gem from RKO's golden post-war period. And who better to act out the gritty script than the jut-jawed McGraw, a role that fits him like a glove. And when he barks out orders to his underlings, I had to remind myself I wasn't included. If there were B-movie Oscars, which there should have been, he would be richly deserving.

Anyhow, the plot manages to turn the familiar prison break fugitive into an exciting chase across California, replete with a number of clever touches and a few surprises from an unflinching camera. I also like Virginia Grey (Carol) who specialized in sad-eyed, soulful parts as she does here. Still, I'm not sure the movie did O'Shea's (Ray) career much good since he's definitely second fiddle to the all-dominating Mc Graw. Too bad the movie's so obscure, since it shows in spades the vigor of the B-movie at its purest level.


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