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Director:
Writers:
Gordon Gordon (novel) &
Mildred Gordon (novel) ...
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Release Date:
9 June 1962 (Japan) See more »
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Tagline:
CHALLENGING! THE FASTEST TWO HOURS THE SCREEN HAS EVER SEEN! SHOCKING! IT PLUNGES YOU INTO A NEW DIMENSION OF FEAR! IMPORTANT! IT RATES WITH THE GREATEST SUSPENSE FILMS OF OUR TIME! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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Great thriller from Blake Edwards See more (60 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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:

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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
123 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
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?
Toby Sherwood:[shakes her head]
Garland Humphrey 'Red' Lynch:Then take them off.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Party Revolution (2004) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)See more »

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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Great thriller from Blake Edwards, 20 April 2004
Author: FilmOtaku (ssampon@hotmail.com) from Milwaukee, WI

Since my exposure to Blake Edwards beyond his comedies has only been `Days of Wine and Roses', which is one of the most depressing films I've ever seen, I wasn't sure what to expect in the way of a thriller from a director who I largely respect. `Experiment in Terror' which stars Lee Remick and the always great Glenn Ford, turned out to be an outstanding and slick film which was thoroughly enjoyable.

While the story, about a bank teller who is threatened with the kidnapping of her younger sister if she doesn't steal 100K from her employer, and the FBI agent (Ford) who tries to both protect her and find out who the extortionist is, does not rely on cheap thrills in order to create suspense. Rather, the black and white film and noir-like shadows help build the tension while not taking away from the story. The cinematography is extremely crisp, and, like many well-made noir films of the 40's-mid 60's, you can almost imagine each frame as a beautiful photograph.

While I'd never heard of this film until coming across it on one of the movie channels, it is well worth looking for.

--Shelly

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