At Maria Vargas' funeral, several people recall who she was and the impact she had on them. Harry Dawes was a not very successful writer/director when he and movie producer Kirk Edwards ... See full summary »
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
After escaping from prison, Glenn Griffin, his brother Hal and a third inmate Sam Kobish randomly select a house in a well-to-do suburb of Indianapolis in which to hide out. The home belongs to the Hilliard family, Dan and Ellie who live there with their 19-year old daughter Cindy and their young son Ralph. They plan on staying only until midnight as Griffin is awaiting his girlfriend who will meet them with some money he had stashed away. When she doesn't arrive, their stay stretches out to several days. Dan Hilliard plays their game knowing that if he makes any attempt to contact the police, his family could be caught in the crossfire. Written by
This movie and the play on which it was based, are loosely based on the experience of the Hill family in 1952. An article published by Life magazine about the play is the subject of the Supreme Court case Time Inc. v. Hill, in which the family sued the magazine for stating that play depicted what really happened. See more »
When Glenn is having breakfast, he takes the cup from his left hand side and puts it on his right. It then hops back and forth between shots. See more »
Bogie starring in one of his last films plays a heartless villain on the run with his younger brother after breaking out of a local prison. They take a family hostage in their own home while they plan their getaway ....striking terror and fear into their hearts. The acting by all the players is brilliant...Bogie particularly excelling in his role as an ageing con with nothing to lose showing his hatred for all middle class American family values. Fredirc March plays the father who stands up to Bogart to protect his family from the callous murderers trying at every turn to outwit and out-think him as the Desperate hours tick away with nail biting consequences. A gem of a film !
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