MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,291 this week

Cry Terror! (1958)

6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 554 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 6 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $5.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 31 Aug 2011
 
a list of 195 titles
created 10 Jun 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 28 Jan 2014
 
a list of 38 titles
created 1 month ago
 
a list of 213 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Cry Terror!" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Cry Terror! (1958)

Cry Terror! (1958) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Cry Terror!.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Philandering Commander Max Easton, now desk-bound and under-worked in the Admiralty, finds he suddenly needs to make some money when he falls for American Virginia Killain. When he hatches ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: James Mason, George Sanders, Vera Miles
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Bank officer discovers a flaw in the U.S. extradition treaty with Brazil and decides to take advantage of it. On Friday, he steals a million dollars from the bank, knowing it won't be ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright, Jonathan Hale
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Set on a fictitious island in the Carribean during colonial British rule, it focuses on the life of a young charismatic and handsome black male with political aspirations. He finds himself ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Rossen
Stars: James Mason, Joan Fontaine, Dorothy Dandridge
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A prominent neurosurgeon relates to his students in medical school a story about an affair he had with a married woman and how, after the affair was over, the woman one day fell out a ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Huntington
Stars: James Mason, Rosamund John, Pamela Mason
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On the run from the US police after being charged with embezzlement, a billionaire attempts to flee to Mexico by stealing the identity of a stranger. However, his life is made much more ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Rod Steiger, David Knight, Bernard Lee
Duffy (1968)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Duffy is a cunning aristocrat of criminals who is hired by Stefane, a young playboy, to hijack a boat carrying several million dollars of his father's fortune. The plot succeeds, with a ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: James Coburn, James Mason, James Fox
Julie (1956)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A terrified wife tries to escape from her insanely jealous husband who is bent on killing her.

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Doris Day, Louis Jourdan, Barry Sullivan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After a boiler explosion aboard an aging ocean liner, a man struggles to free his injured wife from the wreckage of their cabin and ensure the safety of their four-year-old daughter as the ship begins to sink.

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Steve Howard, a British sales executive living in Manchester, England, begins an affair with a young hitchhiker, Elle Patterson, to emotionally get away from his marriage to his wife ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Hall
Stars: Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom, Judy Geeson
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A reluctant gunslinger tires of having to defend himself at every cow town he visits, so he adopts an alias and continues his wandering. At an outpost run by a father and young son, he gets... See full summary »

Director: Charles Marquis Warren
Stars: Richard Egan, Dorothy Malone, Cameron Mitchell
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A band of dishonest seamen plan a murderous mutiny aboard the S.S. Berwind.

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: James Mason, Dorothy Dandridge, Broderick Crawford
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

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 »

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Jack Kelly, Hildy Parks, Vince Edwards
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jim Molner
...
Mrs. Joan Molner
...
Paul Hoplin
...
Steve
...
Eileen Kelly
...
Agent Frank Cole
...
Vince, a thug
...
F.B.I. Agent Charles Pope
Carleton Young ...
Roger Adams
Barney Phillips ...
Dan Pringle
Harlan Warde ...
Bert, Operative
Ed Hinton ...
Operative
Chet Huntley ...
Himself
Roy Neal ...
Himself
Jonathan Hole ...
Airline Executive
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

M-G-M's masterpiece of excitement! See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 May 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

24 ores agonias  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

While filming a scene in a subway tunnel, Inger Stevens and Rod Steiger were nearly asphyxiated by carbon monoxide fumes. Steiger said years later that when they were being given oxygen, Stevens tried to refuse it. She said at the time she wanted to die; Steiger and the crew had to convince her otherwise. Years later on April 30, 1970, when Ms. Stevens was only 35 years old, she died of an overdose. See more »

Goofs

The Chrysler convertible has what look like California plates (MLK 050) when Joan Molner first drives the car, but as she is approaching her destination it has New York plates (7C 5976). See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Piling It On
16 May 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

One look at a lustful Neville Brand (Steve) in heat darn near sent me under the bed. He's high on Bennies and it's a cowering Joan (Stevens) who's going to pay, except maybe she's got a surprise for the plug-ugly thug. In a movie filled with tense situations, this may be the scariest. Anyway, if it's not a woman menaced by a nutcase, it's Joan driving in traffic to meet a deadline, or her hubby (Mason) clambering around an elevator shaft, or both Dad and Mom keeping a nasty extortion gang from taking their toddler. If anything, there may be too many of these sweaty palms to keep up the effect. Whatever the case, this may be first film of the '50's to utter the word 'rape'.

The plot's a version of a '50's favorite, the home invasion, where an unwary American family is suddenly under attack inside the apparent safety of the home. It's also likely a reflection for the movies of a growing suburban audience. Here the invasion is part of a complex plan to extort money from an airline under threat of an airliner bomb. Of course, that brings in the feds and a lot of police procedure, while we hang in there with the little family under siege.

It's an unusually fine cast, with Brand as the standout, at least in my little book. Also, check out the fetching Angie Dickinson as a sadistic gang moll—real casting against type. There's also the tragic Inger Stevens showing her fine acting chops, along with a rather restrained Rod Steiger as the gang mastermind. It's all put together by the Stones, husband and wife, noted for their documentary style and dedication to location filming, from which the story gains helpful credibility.

All in all, the movie's a 90-minute exercise in relentless tension that seems ironically topical, given how thorough bomb detection is now fifty-years later.

(In passing—I expect the movie's premise was inspired by the real life case of John Gilbert Graham. In 1955, he blew up an airliner over Colorado for insurance money on his mother, of all people, killing 44 passengers in the process. Needless to say for the law and order 1950's, he was swiftly executed. But perhaps most interesting for our day is that there was no federal law at the time covering bombs aboard airliners—apparently the possibility seemed too remote! As a result, Graham was tried and convicted under a different statute. Yes indeed, how times have changed.)


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Neville Brand as Steve 42ndStreetMemories
Discuss Cry Terror! (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?