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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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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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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:

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)
 
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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Trivia:
Finnish visa # 61768 delivered on 24-10-1962.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 Experiments in Terror (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Listen to the MockingbirdSee more »

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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Did this inspire David Lynch?, 10 July 2003
Author: jwaterman from Seattle

Just saw this movie for the first time and the DVD transfer just released is fine.

From the moment this film opens, I couldn't help but wonder how many times Lynch has seen this movie. Those of you who've seen Experiment should know what I mean.

The score, the angles, the subdued dialogue all help to create one heck of a moody, brooding piece of work. I couldn't agree more with some of the other IMDB comments here...this is a great piece of film noir, if not the last great piece of film noir for a particular generation!

What I so admire about classic film-making from years past is how directors, like Blake in this instance, don't or couldn't resort to gratuitous blood and nudity to creat atmosphere. Unlike Lynch, who exploits graphic gore and nudity, Blake thrills with mere thoughts of sexual deviency and violence.

The opening scene to Experiment is one I shall not forget soon! As our villain forces himself on Remick and proceeds to dirty her ears with the filth of what he could do to her is just simply incredible film-making. It reminded me of the scene from Lynch's Wild at Heart where Dafoe's character has Dern's character in his filthy clutches. Except in Experiment, I think it works even better...why? Because there were no profane words or over-the-top characterizations, just simple text and superb acting that later matches a villain who seems quite normal as he strolls the streets of San Fran. I really believed the characters in this film...Blake puts everyone in context.

Congrats to Blake Edwards on his only serious movie...I wish you had done more! And, Mancini is as sly as ever on the score. I could go on and on. Suffice it to say, I really enjoyed this movie and am happy to have it as part of my DVD collection. Although, I'd love to see Criterion get a hold of this one...I'd love to learn more about the history of this film.

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