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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 ...
Virginia Grey ...
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Arnold 'Red' Kluger
Julie Bishop ...
Frank Conroy ...
District Attorney Barker MacDonald
Robert Shayne ...
Police Insp. Murphy
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Nick Damon
Don McGuire ...
Joe Turner
Frank Richards ...
Lefty
Michael McHale ...
Detective Jensen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Nesbitt ...
Policeman on Television (unconfirmed)
Ben Welden ...
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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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

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Release Date:

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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Ann Williams: Did Murph order you back to work?
Detective Ray Williams: It's my job.
Ann Williams: Job? To you it's more like a game. You like the excitement, the danger.
Detective Ray Williams: You married a cop, not a filing clerk!
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A score to settle
3 July 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's curious that I happened to see The Threat now as we in my area of Western New York are now in the wake of the killing of one and the capture of a second fugitive who broke prison. It was reported that one of them was just like Charles McGraw, known to have a grudge against the people who sent him to prison. McGraw would have been better off had he kept running as he's not only a mean customer, but a very shrewd one.

McGraw busts out of the joint and he'll flee to Mexico, but first he's got a score to settle with detective Michael O'Shea and District Attorney Frank Conroy who put him in the joint. He captures both of them and also O'Shea's car equipped of course for police calls so he's keeping track of the manhunt. McGraw also takes his former girlfriend Virginia Grey by force because he's not sure if she didn't rat him out. And Grey can't convince him she didn't.

The Threat is one no frills and never let up exciting short film about a manhunt for a dangerous man. McGraw who played a lot of mean hoods was never meaner and threatening than in The Threat.

Robert Shayne also has a plum role as the police inspector coordinating the manhunt who doesn't know that O'Shea is a captive until almost the end. How he tips him off is something you have to see. Shayne is best remembered as Inspector Henderson on the Superman show and usually it was nothing more for him to do than take in the bad guys after Superman captures them. I'd like to think Shayne's role here was something that showed Henderson capable of real police work without Superman.

The Threat is really top notch Charles McGraw and a top notch noir thriller.


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