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Experiment in Terror -- A shadowy, asthmatic psychopath demands a bank teller to rob her bank of $100,000 or her sister will die.
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Release Date:
9 June 1962 (Japan) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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Glenn Ford ... John 'Rip' Ripley

Lee Remick ... Kelly Sherwood

Stefanie Powers ... Toby Sherwood
Roy Poole ... Brad

Ned Glass ... Popcorn
Anita Loo ... Lisa
Patricia Huston ... Nancy Ashton
Gilbert Green ... Special Agent

Clifton James ... Capt. Moreno
Al Avalon ... Man Who Picks Up Kelly
William Bryant ... Chuck
Dick Crockett ... FBI Agent #1
James Lanphier ... Landlord

Ross Martin ... Garland Humphrey 'Red' Lynch
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eve Arden ... Toy Tiger Salesperson (uncredited)

Joanne Bahris ... Tourist at Fishermans Wharf (uncredited)

James T. Callahan ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Bob Carraher ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Mario Cimino ... Cook at The Hangout (uncredited)
Fred Coby ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Robert Coffey ... Stadium Announcer (uncredited)
Barbara Collentine ... Janie, FBI Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Bob Dempsey ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Frederic Downs ... Welk (uncredited)
Don Drysdale ... Himself - Dodger Pitcher (uncredited)
Harvey Evans ... Dave - Toby's Boyfriend (uncredited)
Mike Foran ... Danny (uncredited)
Harold Goodwin ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Claire Griswold ... Peggy (uncredited)
Warren Hsieh ... Joey Soong (uncredited)
Kenny Jackson ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Helen Jay ... Waitress at The Hangout (uncredited)
Ray Kellogg ... Man at Ballpark (uncredited)
Tommy Lee ... Chinese Waiter (uncredited)
Clarence Lung ... Attorney Yung (uncredited)
Mari Lynn ... Penny, Bank Teller (uncredited)
Edward Mallory ... Dick - Kelly's Boyfriend (uncredited)
Kelly McCormick ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Fay McKenzie ... Hospital Superintendent (uncredited)
Sidney Miller ... The Drunk (uncredited)
Wally Moon ... Himself - Dodger batter (uncredited)
George Moorman ... Radio Man (uncredited)
Judee Morton ... Louella Hendricks (uncredited)
Bill Neff ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Karen Norris ... Saleswoman (uncredited)
Richard Norris ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Sherry O'Neil ... Edna (uncredited)
Peggy Patten ... Housekeeper (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Mary Ellen Popel ... FBI Office Secretary (uncredited)
William Remick ... The Coroner (uncredited)
John Roseboro ... Himself - Dodger Catcher (uncredited)

Vin Scully ... Himself - Dodgers Game Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
William Sharon ... Raymond Burkhardt, Bank Manager (uncredited)
Audrey Swanson ... Nurse (uncredited)
David Tomack ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Ken Wales ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Russ Whiteman ... TV Director (uncredited)
Beal Wong ... Pastor (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
Writing credits
Gordon Gordon (novel "Operation Terror") (as The Gordons) &
Mildred Gordon (novel "Operation Terror") (as The Gordons)

Gordon Gordon (screenplay) (as The Gordons) &
Mildred Gordon (screenplay) (as The Gordons)

Produced by
Blake Edwards .... producer
Don Peters .... associate producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography) (as Philip Lathrop)
Film Editing by
Patrick McCormack 
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson 
Set Decoration by
James Crowe  (as James M. Crowe)
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Ed Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard H. Kline .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gordon T. Dawson .... set costumer (uncredited)
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
Henry Mancini .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Grip of Fear" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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123 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Several elements of this film inspired scenes in David Lynch projects. To begin with, there is the "Twin Peaks" (1990) sign at the beginning of the film which served as obvious inspiration for the title card and setting of Lynch's television series of the same name. Also, a scene or two later (the infamous "opening" scene,) when Kelly is in here garage, the killer mentions that he has "killed twice before" - this is something which "Bob," the supposed killer from "Twin Peaks" also mentions. This scene also has uncanny resemblances to a scene in Lynch's Wild at Heart (1990) where Willem Dafoe's character, Bobby Peru, has Lula Fortune in his filthy grasp and is talking to her similarly. Later in the film, we find out that the killer in "Experiment in Terror" is actually called Garland "Red" Lynch. The resemblance to David Lynch's name is something which the director no doubt noticed, as he also named a character in "Twin Peaks" after him (Major Garland Briggs).See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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 »
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?
Toby Sherwood:[shakes her head]
Garland Humphrey 'Red' Lynch:Then take them off.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wild at Heart (1990)See more »
Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?See more »


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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Excellent and suspenseful, 8 February 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Glenn Ford is an FBI agent; Lee Remick is the victim of someone she's never seen in "Experiment in Terror," directed by Blake Edwards and also starring Stefanie Powers and Ned Glass. Remick is very effective as a plucky bank teller who's approached from behind and told to steal money from the bank where she works. The only thing she can tell the FBI is that it's a man who has heavy, asthmatic breathing.

Ross Martin plays the criminal. He's a thief and murderer; he also is in love with a Chinese woman and is paying for her son's operation. Her terrorizes Remick and her sister (Powers). Martin really died too soon. He was a wonderful actor, and this was a great role for him.

Glenn Ford is a dream FBI agent, and why do I think there are no FBI agents like this? He's gentle, kind, and concerned, not to mention handsome. He has a nice chemistry with Remick.

There are some great scenes in "Experiment in Terror." One of the best takes place in the apartment of a woman who makes mannequins; and several take place right at the beginning, when Martin accosts Remick and later surprises her in her home. The scene in which he kidnaps Stefanie Powers is downright scary. Powers is unbelievably young here, but she was a good actress even then and gives a convincing performance.

The big scene takes place in Candlestick Park which several posters have written about. Not having their expertise, I won't.

I really love the atmosphere Blake Edwards created in this film, and I love the casting of Ford, Remick, Martin, and Powers. This is a fine film, definitely worth a watch if you want to see how good movies are made. Suggested rather than shown violence, no special effects, black and white - yet it still works.

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