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The Night Holds Terror (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 July 1955 (USA)
A group of escaped convicts take over a suburban home to evade the ongoing police manhunt, making the lives of the family living there a nightmare. The longer the men stay there, the more ... See full summary »

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Andrew L. Stone (as Andrew Stone)

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Andrew L. Stone (as Andrew Stone)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Kelly ... Gene Courtier
Hildy Parks ... Doris Courtier
Vince Edwards ... Victor Gosset
John Cassavetes ... Robert Batsford
David Cross David Cross ... Luther Logan
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Captain Cole (as Edward Marr)
Jack Kruschen ... Detective Pope
Joyce McCluskey Joyce McCluskey ... Phyllis Harrison
Jonathan Hale ... Bob Henderson
Barney Phillips ... Stranske
Roy Neal Roy Neal ... TV News Broadcaster
Joel Marston ... Reporter
Guy Kingsford Guy Kingsford ... Police Technician
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A group of escaped convicts take over a suburban home to evade the ongoing police manhunt, making the lives of the family living there a nightmare. The longer the men stay there, the more the tensions build and the more likely it becomes a tragedy will occur. Based on a real-life hostage-taking. Written by Alfred Jingle

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With a gasp in your throat... and a gun at your back! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Nacht ist voller Schrecken See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, Texas, 1996. See more »

Goofs

The front license plate on the villains' car disappears and reappears between scenes throughout the film. For instance, when Gene and the villains leave the bar and Gene's narration specifically points out the villains made sure he didn't see their license plate (they made him wear taped glasses) as they walk past the front of the car, there is no license plate on the car, but moments later at the railroad crossing, it's there again. See more »

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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

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Saw both this & The Desperate Hours, but 40 years apart!
29 June 2002 | by hobnobxSee all my reviews

Saw "The Nite Holds Terror" in 1956. Enjoyed it so much I wanted to see it again, but it was showing for just 2 or 3 days in my small home town. I don't recall it ever coming to nearby towns or being listed on tv and wondered why. Perhaps because the Humphrey Bogart version called "The Desperate Hours" garnered a larger following. Did not see the Bogart version until June 2002 and even after 40 years I see the remarkable similarities. I think the pictures were equally as good. Thank you.


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