Pesky little boy Davey Cleaves stows away on a moving truck that's driven by volatile psychopath Bull and his meek partner Eddie. Naturally, Davey finds himself in considerable danger after he's discovered by the two no-count criminals.

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Bull (as Don O'Kelly)
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Eddie (as Dean Stanton)
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Otis Lovelace
Danny Martins ...
Davey Cleaves
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Steve Cleaves
Jennifer Lea ...
Carol Cleaves (as Jenifer Lea)
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Miss Mabry
Raymond Guth ...
Sam Morton
Nora Marlowe ...
Selma Morton
Shirley O'Hara ...
Mrs. Primus
Mike McCloskey ...
Bartender
Dick Spry ...
Mr. Thomas
Leland Brown ...
Glenn
Pearl Faessler ...
Olive
James Almanzar ...
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Pesky little boy Davey Cleaves stows away on a moving truck that's driven by volatile psychopath Bull and his meek partner Eddie. Naturally, Davey finds himself in considerable danger after he's discovered by the two no-count criminals.

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He shocked you with "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?". He terrified you with "Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte." Now, Henry Farrell gives you his GREATEST SUSPENSE CHILLER ... "The Hostage" See more »

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While in a bar in Des Moines, Iowa (where the film was shot), star John Carradine was arrested for "public intoxication" when he got drunk and started shouting lines from various Shakespearean plays. See more »

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A very middling thriller on the whole
9 September 2015 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

A young boy accidentally stows away in a van driven by a couple of killers moonlighting as removal men. When the criminals stop off at a remote location to dispose of the body of a man they murdered, they discover the kid who flees. This results in the killers, the boy and his pursuing parents all in a race against each other.

This one is notable particularly for an early screen appearance from acting legend Harry Dean Stanton. He plays Eddie, the more sympathetic and sensitive of the criminal duo. He's joined on screen by veteran actor John Carradine, who appears as a vagrant; by this stage in his career, Carradine was appearing in basically anything that offered a pay check meaning that he is one of the best known faces from bad movies. I wouldn't necessarily say this one is terrible mind you but it is definitely very mediocre and doesn't make the most of its potential. The plot-line is pretty basic and events don't really generate very much suspense. Interestingly, it was photographed by Ted V. Mikels, who would go on to forge a career directing schlock movies, including the very enjoyable The Doll Squad (1973). The Hostage could certainly have done with an injection of the sort of psychotronic entertainment value found in that one.


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