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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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Gene Barry Strikes it Rich
23 May 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Oil slick Gene Barry (as Frank Duncan) endeavors to siphon millions of dollars in Texas crude, but needs financing from organized crime. After platinum blonde "Put the Blame on Mame" singer Barbara Hale (as Zoe Crane) leads Mr. Barry to powerful mob boss Edward Arnold (as Paul Atlas), success is assured. So, will these characters learn that crime does not pay? This predictable, production-line crime story has more spark than the story suggests. As ably directed by William Castle, Barry injects his characterization with all the life he can manage; watching his amoral "Frank Duncan" steadfastly steer his own descent into depravity is somewhat fun. With nice girl Jeanne Cooper (as Madge) and others in the mix, "The Houston Story" adds up.

***** The Houston Story (2/56) William Castle ~ Gene Barry, Barbara Hale, Edward Arnold


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