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Experiment in Terror (1962)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 9 June 1962 (Japan)
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A man with an asthmatic voice telephones bank clerk Kelly Sherwood at home and coerces her into helping him steal a large sum from her bank.

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Complete credited cast:
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John 'Rip' Ripley
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Kelly Sherwood
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Toby Sherwood
Roy Poole ...
Brad
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Popcorn
Anita Loo ...
Lisa Soong
Patricia Huston ...
Nancy Ashton
Gilbert Green ...
Special Agent
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Capt. Moreno
Al Avalon ...
Man Who Picks Up Kelly
William Bryant ...
Chuck (as Bill Bryant)
Dick Crockett ...
FBI Agent #1
James Lanphier ...
Landlord
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Garland Humphrey 'Red' Lynch
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Storyline

Kelly Sherwood is terrorized by a man with an asthmatic voice who plans to use her to steal $100,000 from the bank where she works. He threatens to kill her teenage sister Toby, if she tells the police. However she manages to contact F.B.I. agent Ripley. Written by Will Gilbert

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Terror ... Tension ... Almost More Than The Heart Can Bear ! See more »


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9 June 1962 (Japan)  »

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Der letzte Zug  »

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1.85 : 1
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Finnish visa # 61768 delivered on 24-10-1962. See more »

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There are official photos of President Eisenhower and President Kennedy in different government offices. However, this picture was filmed in 1961 (license plate stickers indicate as much), during a transition period from the Eisenhower to the Kennedy administration, so it is quite possible that there were portraits of both in some places. There were also some 48-star flags shown in some scenes; sometimes those in authority didn't get to making changes as quickly as today. See more »

Quotes

Garland Humphrey 'Red' Lynch: Your sister's all right.
Toby Sherwood: You said she was dying.
Garland Humphrey 'Red' Lynch: I had to find some way to get you here. Take off your clothes. You want me to take them off for you?
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Crazy Credits

The end credits only list one person, the actor who played the villain, followed by "The End" See more »

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Referenced in Experiments in Terror (2003) See more »

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When the Saints Go Marching In
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Played at the Roaring Twenties nightclub
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EXPERIMENT IN TERROR (Blake Edwards, 1962) ***
10 April 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This was a thriller I had been longing to watch for some time, having missed its sole TV showing several years ago. The fact that director Edwards does not typically dabble in the genre (albeit having learned his lesson from the masters extremely well) should excuse its occasional pretentiousness - most evident in the long two-shot at the beginning of Lee Remick's first encounter with Ross Martin and the similarly extended (and basically irrelevant) sequence in the mannequin lady's apartment prior to her murder.

The film's deliberate pace and methodical approach creates a riveting and unrelenting tension and the various subplots (focusing on Stefanie Powers as Remick's younger, liberated sister; Ned Glass as a sleazy police informer; the aforementioned and possibly nymphomaniac 'mannequin lady'; and Martin's Japanese 'family'), while making it longer than is perhaps necessary, are so well nurtured that they give the film an extra edge - thus further enhancing its essential quality. Acting is top-notch: Glenn Ford is one of Hollywood's most likable, reliable and underrated leading men; Remick and Martin (a memorable and complex heavy, who also gets to do his menacing act in drag!) are perfect as victim and aggressor.

Also, the film's pervasive noir-ish atmosphere (propelled by Henry Mancini's unusual score and superbly caught by Edwards and cinematographer Philip Lathrop) is indication that the genre wasn't quite done yet; indeed, EXPERIMENT IN TERROR can be seen as marking perhaps the transition point between old-style noir and the so-called neo-noirs spearheaded by POINT BLANK (1967).

Since I work as a bank teller myself, I'm always fascinated by caper films and, in this case, I couldn't help but empathize with Remick's plight; however, I found some aspects of the plot unconvincing: the bank manager's refusal to put up the ransom money, the fact that Remick was kept active on front-office duty during this nerve-racking period, Remick cramming $100,000 in two bundles into her little purse and, finally, the supervisor not noticing the missing cash from Remick's own till at the end of the day...


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