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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

kind of disappointing

Author: RanchoTuVu from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
7 April 2015

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A Greek national living in New York happens to be a witness to a mob hit and must flee the city for a sleepy little town. He meets a woman (Barbara Eden) on the train ride to the small town. The mob has tentacles that reach within the NYPD and the hit men are alerted to the town as well. Thus it's Eden, who drives an extinct Sunbeam convertible and the hit men, one of whom is rather memorably played by Gavin Macleod, who drive around in a huge De Soto. It's worth mentioning the cars because the director Edward L. Cahn, somehow failed in this effort to create much tension or action, although things get a little dicey when Macleod and his partner start slapping Barbara Eden around. Overall a disappointment, especially considering the cinematographer was the great Floyd Crosby. Still, hats off to Edward L. Cahn for making at least somewhat cool movies destined for the drive-ins and the out-of-the-way and extinct theaters.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Flat "thriller"

Author: frankfob from California
18 April 2013

Although it has its moments, "Twelve Hours to Kill" is pretty much a by- the-numbers wannabe "noir" with little imagination, style or flair, hampered by a poor script, leaden direction and overwrought performances by lead actor Nico Minardos and several supporting actors (although Barbara Eden, as the romantic interest, is actually quite good). The story is about a Greek immigrant who witnesses a mob hit and flees to a small town with a pair of hit men after him, and finds out that that the case not only involves murder but police corruption. A director like Phil Karlson or Don Siegel could have made this into a crackerjack thriller, but under longtime hack Edward L. Cahn it's strictly routine. Minardos isn't a strong enough actor to carry a picture, and even if he was the lame script would defeat him.

Other than a young and very pretty Barbara Eden, about the only reason to watch this picture is to see an early glimpse of Gavin McLeod and Ted Knight, later to be such memorable adversaries on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and playing adversaries here, with McLeod as a hit-man and Knight as a cop. Otherwise, there's really no need to spend any time watching this.

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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

One more Edward L Cahn - or Can't - spoiled movie.

Author: GUENOT PHILIPPE ( from France
30 November 2008

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That's one of those Edward L Cahn films I waited to see since so many years, and that disappointed me. A flat plot about gangsters witnessed by Greek immigrants during their crime. The usual tale of police force which must protect the poor witnesses. Sleepy at the most. I don't recommend it; except for the most desperate Edward L cahn fans.

However, he showed us in the past that he could do much better. But in that purpose, he had to have a solid script, good actors and a competent producer too.

Keep in mind that when you are to see a film directed by Edward L Cahn, you have to expect the worst of every thing you have ever seen.

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