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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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The threat of a child named Dexter
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Charles McGraw (Kluger) is a psychopathetic bully who escapes from prison and has a meticulously planned route to an escape that includes kidnapping DA Frank Conroy (Barker) and detective Michael O'Shea (Williams) who were both involved in his arrest and who he has vowed to kill. He kidnaps these two with the help of Anthony Caruso (Nick) and Frank Richards (Lefty) and he also takes former girlfriend Virginia Grey (Carol) along for the ride as he suspects her of betraying him. An unwitting driver Don McGuire (Joe) joins the gang as McGraw leads this troupe to a pre-designated desert hideout to await his escape to Mexico.

The cast are all good in this short thriller. McGraw is ruthless. Never trust a bad guy. Even the more humorous moments of the film are charged with tension, eg, thug Caruso asking about the time and handing his watch over to McGraw only to have it smashed with the response "Now you don't have to worry about the time". Funny....but this guy McGraw makes it scary.

A nice surprise of a film.


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