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The Threat (1949)

Vicious hood 'Red' Kluger escapes from Folsom Prison and carries through on his threats to the detective who arrested him and the D.A. who got him convicted.

Director:

Felix E. Feist (as Felix Feist)

Writers:

Dick Irving Hyland (screenplay), Hugh King (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael O'Shea ... Detective Ray Williams
Virginia Grey ... Carol
Charles McGraw ... Arnold 'Red' Kluger
Julie Bishop ... Ann Williams
Frank Conroy ... District Attorney Barker MacDonald
Robert Shayne ... Police Insp. Murphy
Anthony Caruso ... Nick Damon
Don McGuire ... Joe Turner
Frank Richards ... Lefty
Michael McHale ... Detective Jensen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Nesbitt Norman Nesbitt ... Policeman on Television (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

At Folsom Prison, several inmates escape...including killer Arnold Kluger, who swore revenge on the detective and district attorney who convicted him. Despite precautions, the two men are soon in Kluger's power, together with showgirl Carol whom he suspects of informing on him. At a shack in the California desert, Kluger, two henchmen, and four hostages wait, and wait, for an escape plane that may never come. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Killer in jailbreak on vengeance trail !


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The police telecast is viewed on a 1948 RCA Victor 10 inch (screen measured diagonally) table model television receiver. See more »

Quotes

Ann Williams: Did Murph order you back to work?
Detective Ray Williams: It's my job.
Ann Williams: Job? To you it's more like a game. You like the excitement, the danger.
Detective Ray Williams: You married a cop, not a filing clerk!
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Charles McGraw Was The Look & Sound Of Film Noir
3 October 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Charles McGraw was one of the all-time best at playing tough guy roles in Hollywood. He was never anything but totally convincing in those roles, either. It has to be his distinctive gravel voice, along with his manly facial features and mannerisms, but also the fact he seemed to always play these kind of characters. All of this stamped him as a rough thug, no matter what side of the law he was on and the older he got, the more chiseled his face and rougher the voice. By 1950, he - along with big Sterling Hayden - were the two best males in the film noir genre, in my opinion. Both men were always interesting and both hit peaks in the very early '50s.

In this film, McGraw is the main criminal, "Red Kluger," a man who has just busted out of Folsom Prison. He immediately goes after the two guys most responsible for putting him behind bars, captures then and then goes on the lam with a stolen truck, a couple of other thugs and the kidnapped driver of the big truck.

At only 65 minutes, this moves by pretty fast, although there is a lull halfway through until things start to get tense as the cops get closer and closer. The "Inspector," by the way, is Robert Shayne, who played "Inspector Henderson" on the Superman TV show in the 1950s. The only difference was that he had a mustache in this movie.

One credibility problem: the truck driver, "Joe," could have escaped a few times, especially with his riding partner up front got out of the cab to talk to a cop! What a perfect chance to slip out his side and run for it...but he stays in the driver's seat (with nobody looking at him?) Oh, well; no film is perfect.

The climax was fine, offering some tense moments and a surprise finish regarding the hostages and crooks. Overall, a pretty solid film noir and one that, hopefully, will be available on DVD.


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