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The Houston Story (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | February 1956 (USA)
In Houston, a man working as an oil driller comes up with a scheme for stealing millions of dollars worth of oil from the fields. He insinuates himself with a local mobster in order to get ... See full summary »

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Robert E. Kent (screenplay) (as James B. Gordon), Robert E. Kent (story) (as James B. Gordon)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Barry ... Frank Duncan
Barbara Hale ... Zoe Crane
Edward Arnold ... Paul Atlas
Paul Richards ... Gordon Shay
Jeanne Cooper ... Madge
Frank Jenks ... Louie Phelan
John Zaremba ... Emile Constant
Chris Alcaide ... Chris Barker
Jack Littlefield Jack Littlefield ... Willie Lucas (as Jack V. Littlefield)
Paul Levitt Paul Levitt ... Duke
Fred Krone Fred Krone ... Marsh
Pete Kellett Pete Kellett ... Kalo
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In Houston, a man working as an oil driller comes up with a scheme for stealing millions of dollars worth of oil from the fields. He insinuates himself with a local mobster in order to get financing for his scheme. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Terror Over Texas!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alarm am Ölturm 3 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The filmmaker spent an inexplicably and inordinate amount of footage in the terminal of what is now William P. Hobby AIrport, whose name was changed in 1967 to honor a Texas governor. It was then Houston International Airport as of 1954, when the new passenger terminal opened. The art-deco interior may have appeared aesthetically pleasing enough to have factored into the editing. The terminal even had a nursery, something one would be hard pressed to find at many airports these days. See more »

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Referenced in Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007) See more »

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Flawed but entertaining film
28 May 2008 | by BoogieNightzSee all my reviews

The Houston Story is a slightly formulaic yet very entertaining film from William Castle of The House on Haunted Hill and The Tingler fame. The movie is about a young, ambitious oil-driller who involves himself with organized crime and double crosses his way to the top of his respective racket. Gene Barry turns out a solid performance as well as Perry Mason veteran Barbara Hale, who plays the femme fatale to a tee, always following the money and the man in charge. Hale is introduced in a very enjoyable song act that did the job of conveying her character as well as,if not better than, the writing did.

Despite a few predictable scenes and some forced writing, The Houston Story is a thoroughly enjoyable film worth viewing.

Also, watch for a few entertaining performances from Edward Arnold and Paul Richards.(remember Beneath the Planet of the Apes??)


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