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The Houston Story (1956)

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In Houston, a man working as an oil driller comes up with a scheme for stealing millions of dollars worth of oil from the fields. He insinuates himself with a local mobster in order to get ... See full summary »

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In Houston, a man working as an oil driller comes up with a scheme for stealing millions of dollars worth of oil from the fields. He insinuates himself with a local mobster in order to get financing for his scheme. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Terror Over Texas!

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Lee J. Cobb was to star. After rehearsing, he had a heart attack and was not able to film. Producer Sam Katzman wanted to keep going, so director William Castle played Cobb's character in long-shots. After it was sure Cobb couldn't return, Gene Barry stepped in. See more »

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Flawed but entertaining film
28 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Houston Story is a slightly formulaic yet very entertaining film from William Castle of The House on Haunted Hill and The Tingler fame. The movie is about a young, ambitious oil-driller who involves himself with organized crime and double crosses his way to the top of his respective racket. Gene Barry turns out a solid performance as well as Perry Mason veteran Barbara Hale, who plays the femme fatale to a tee, always following the money and the man in charge. Hale is introduced in a very enjoyable song act that did the job of conveying her character as well as,if not better than, the writing did.

Despite a few predictable scenes and some forced writing, The Houston Story is a thoroughly enjoyable film worth viewing.

Also, watch for a few entertaining performances from Edward Arnold and Paul Richards.(remember Beneath the Planet of the Apes??)


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