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The Threat (1949)

Passed  -  Crime | Film-Noir | Drama  -  1 December 1949 (USA)
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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael O'Shea ...
Detective Ray Williams
Virginia Grey ...
Carol
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Arnold 'Red' Kluger
Julie Bishop ...
Ann Williams
Frank Conroy ...
District Attorney Barker MacDonald
Robert Shayne ...
Insp. Murphy
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Nick Damon
Don McGuire ...
Joe Turner
Frank Richards ...
Lefty
Michael McHale ...
Detective Jensen
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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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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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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's Best film
7 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In my opinion, Charles McGraw is probably the best and best known actor of the post war / film noir genre. Sometimes he was one of the good guys, and sometimes one of the bad. In "The Threat", he's the baddest. Michael O'Shea and Virginia Grey get top billing, but compared to McGraw they're hardly even in the film at all. McGraw is clearly the star of this movie, and he's absolutely terrific as a no nonsense, cold blooded killer. Those piercing eyes of his go right through you. Just about as scary a movie criminal as there ever was. Scary because criminals like this actually do exist, and a great little film like this brings the audience enough into the movie that you can't help but think "what if I were kidnapped by a homicidal lunatic like this?" At 65 minutes, "The Threat" is a very tight film noir type crime drama filled with tension, and Charles McGraw is the center of picture. Great film and a great under rated actor with Charles McGraw. I've been a fan of his for years, and thanks to a recent run on TCM, I finally got to see what has to be his best starring role.


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