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The Night Holds Terror (1955)

A group of escaped convicts take over a suburban home to evade the ongoing police manhunt, making the lives of the family living there a nightmare. The longer the men stay there, the more ... See full summary »

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Doris Courtier
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Victor Gosset
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Robert Batsford
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Detective Pope
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Phyllis Harrison
Jonathan Hale ...
Bob Henderson
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Stranske
Roy Neal ...
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A group of escaped convicts take over a suburban home to evade the ongoing police manhunt, making the lives of the family living there a nightmare. The longer the men stay there, the more the tensions build and the more likely it becomes a tragedy will occur. Based on a real-life hostage-taking. Written by Alfred Jingle

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With a gasp in your throat... and a gun at your back! See more »


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13 July 1955 (USA)  »

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Die Nacht ist voller Schrecken  »

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Based on a true story that happened in February 1953. See more »

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In the extended scene where the John Cassavetes character is in a telephone booth inside the Thrifty Drug Store, a member of the camera crew's reflection can be easily seen on the glass side throughout. See more »

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Desperate Night
27 September 2002 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

These types of films seemed to be quite common in the 1950s. Drivers making the foolish mistake of picking up the worst possible type of hitch-hiker--a criminal. One who might take him hostage or kill him at any moment. A very real fear of the possible.

This film feels like a mix of THE HITCH-HIKER and THE DESPERATE HOURS but isn't quite on par with either. Unlike those, this feels like a Made For TV film. The Narration is very much a negative and will probably make many laugh due to its dire seriousness.

But the characters in this film are well-played and certainly entertaining enough to make this film an enjoyable ride. Especially good are Hildy Parks as the terrorized wife who won't stand for it and Jack Kelly as her husband who is thinking only of his family's welfare. John Cassavetes is also good in his role as the mastermind criminal. There's some terrific cinematography in the film featuring scenes out in the desert and the climatic ending in the rain.


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