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Cry Terror! (1958)

Yesterday Jim Molner was an ordinary guy. Today he's a desperate man, frantically trying to save himself and his family, held hostage by a demented terrorist who's demanding $500,000 not to... See full summary »

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Jim Molner
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Mrs. Joan Molner
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Paul Hoplin
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Steve
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Eileen Kelly
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Agent Frank Cole
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Vince, a thug
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F.B.I. Agent Charles Pope
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Roger Adams
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Dan Pringle
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Bert, Operative
Ed Hinton ...
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Chet Huntley ...
Himself
Roy Neal ...
Himself
Jonathan Hole ...
Airline Executive
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Yesterday Jim Molner was an ordinary guy. Today he's a desperate man, frantically trying to save himself and his family, held hostage by a demented terrorist who's demanding $500,000 not to detonate a bomb he's planted on a domestic airliner. Written by Anonymous

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TERRIFYING...as the time-triggered explosive of a mad bomber ticking-ticking-ticking! See more »


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2 May 1958 (USA)  »

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$482,000 (estimated)
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The film was a very mild success for MGM and showed a profit of $48,000 ($400,000 in 2016) according to studio records. Two thirds of the box office take was from outside the USA and Canada. See more »

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When Joan is walking through the bank lobby, she is carrying the box with the striped top outward. In the next shot when she gets outside on the street, the bottom of the box is facing away from her. See more »

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Improbable story with great cast
4 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although this is one improbable story a great cast moves Cry Terror along. In watching this I suggest you do not take a bathroom break as you'll miss some kind of thrilling moment.

James Mason is a TV repairman with wife Inger Stevens and little daughter Terry Ann Ross and during the late war he was in underwater demolition with Rod Steiger. Steiger comes to Mason with a proposition that he build some kind of triggering device that they can sell to the Navy. Only Steiger puts it on some bombs and is making extortion threats against an airline run by Carlton Young.

Now that he's got Mason implicated in his extortion scheme Steiger takes Mason and family hostage and he has Stevens go to collect the payoff. She gives as much information as she can to FBI agent Kenneth Tobey and without following her, the FBI races against time to catch Steiger and his gang before they do some grievous harm to the airlines and Mason's family.

Mason and Steiger are a great pair of leads and a contrasting study in acting styles just like Steiger and Humphrey Bogart were in The Harder They Fall. Stevens gives one of her best performances on the big screen as the frightened wife.

Steiger's accomplices are quite a study in low lives. Jack Klugman as a punk, Neville Brand as drug addicted sex criminal, and psycho nymphomaniac Angie Dickinson are some real criminal specimens. They give good competition to the leads.

It's an improbable story, but the tension never lets up the second that Steiger takes the hostages. Those last three minutes or so will stay with you forever as they did with me when I first saw Cry Terror several decades ago.


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