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5 Steps to Danger (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 April 1957 (Ireland)
During the 1950s, a man's car trip from L.A. to Texas turns into a Cold-War espionage drama when his car breaks down and he accepts a lift from a stranger.

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Ann Nicholson
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John Emmett
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Dr. Simmons
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Dean Brant
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Kirk
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Helen Bethke
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Karl Plesser
Karl Ludwig Lindt ...
Kissel (as Karl Lindt)
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When his car breaks down during a trip from Los Angeles to Texas John Emmett meets another motorist, Ann Nicholson, who offers him a lift. He learns that she is running away from her physician, Dr. Simmons, and the police, who want to question her about a murdered Central Intelligence Agent in Los Angeles. Anne, as it also turns out, is a native of Berlin, Germany. She had come into possession of a valuable secret formula for a 4000-mile-per-hour rocket, which is written on the reverse side of a small pocket mirror she carries. She wants to deliver this to a scientist in the United States. But, the scientist is an enemy agent as is her doctor and they, and the F.B.I are after her. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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$500,000 (estimated)
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In 1957, United Artists distributed this film on a double bill with 12 Angry Men (1957) starring Henry Fonda. See more »

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In the opening scene, we see Mrs Nicholson's car passing the towed car. Yet, the towed car gets to the garage before Mrs Nicholson. See more »

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Roman and Hayden are Great in This Movie
22 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

This excerpt from one of the comments cracked me up:

"Sterling Hayden plays John and Ruth Roman is Ann. While they were adequate, I couldn't help but wonder what the movie would have been like with Gary Cooper and Suzanne Pleshette, as the leads very much resembled these two known actors."

They would have only been 40 years apart in age and Ruth Roman and Sterling Hayden were certainly better known when this movie was made than Suzanne Pleshette!!! Sterling Hayden is his gallant best here and Ruth Roman is wonderful as the damsel in distress. And for us retro clothes horses, wears a great wardrobe!

Werner Klemperer (Colonel Klink from "Hogan's Heroes") takes us dangerously close the the edge of camp, but again, this is before that role...but it does lend a sense of unintentional hilarity to those of us who remember that TV show.


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