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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

Based on a true story that happened in February 1953. See more »

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In the extended scene where the John Cassavetes character is in a telephone booth inside the Thrifty Drug Store, a member of the camera crew's reflection can be easily seen on the glass side throughout. See more »

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

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fascinatingly gritty hostage noir
9 August 2007 | by Howard_B_EaleSee all my reviews

THE NIGHT HOLDS TERROR is an interesting thriller/film noir entry for various reasons. Yes, it bears a strong similarity to THE DESPERATE HOURS, but that's because both were inspired by the same true (and sensational) story. Proving which one went into production first might be difficult. But really, it doesn't matter, because unlike the Hollywood sheen of THE DESPERATE HOURS, this odd little film has many gritty aspects and colorings and transcends its low budget.

John Cassavetes is always great to watch, even in a lesser picture. Here, while he rarely truly shines, he manages to keep tightly wound like a coiled spring, with his menacing glare and occasional flashes of violence. Vince Edwards is actually nowhere near as good here as he was playing similar hoods in MURDER BY CONTRACT, CITY OF FEAR and THE KILLING, though it's an acceptably menacing performance.

What really makes THE NIGHT HOLDS TERROR is a constant reliance on real locations. I couldn't spot one studio set in the entire picture; every interior seems to be in a real place (Cassavetes' modern hilltop home and the Courtiers' kitchy suburban one, police stations, telephone switching centers, the Mojave desert, etc.). There is even one standout sequence where the captors' car careens through the desert, photographed by what appears to be a cameraman barely holding onto the hood of the car. No rear screen here, and this is several years before the famed from-the-hood Venice driving sequence in TOUCH OF EVIL.

And the pace of the picture is practically amphetamine-charged. If the camera isn't moving, the cast always is, with constant dialogue shot through with tension. This is a strong, underrated thriller, and while hardly a perfect masterpiece, it's definitely superior to stagier hostage dramas of the period and well worth tracking down.


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