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The Price of Fear (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 March 1956 (USA)
The co-owner of a dog track is framed for two crimes: the shotgun killing of his ex-partner and the hit-and-run death of an elderly man.

Director:

Abner Biberman

Writers:

Dick Irving Hyland (story), Robert Tallman (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Merle Oberon ... Jessica Warren
Lex Barker ... Dave Barrett
Charles Drake ... Police Sgt. Pete Carroll
Gia Scala ... Nina Ferranti
Warren Stevens ... Frankie Edare
Phillip Pine ... Vince Burton
Mary Field ... Ruth McNab
Dan Riss ... Police Lt. Jim Walsh
Konstantin Shayne ... Bolasny
Stafford Repp ... Johnny McNab
Tim Sullivan Tim Sullivan ... Lou Belden
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The co-owner of a racetrack discovers that his partner has sold out to a gangster. The gangster plans to take sole control of the track and plans to get rid of his new partner. The partner's problems are just beginning, though, as he finds himself involved with a beautiful woman who, unknown to him, was involved in a hit-and-run and is trying to set him up for the crime. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Hour by Hour the Net of Terror Tightens....Now There Is No Escape! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cry Innocent See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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2.00 : 1
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According to the trailer on The Creature of the Black Lagoon Blu Ray, This played on a double bill with The Creature Walks Among Us. See more »

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Jessica Warren: I lied to you, betrayed your confidence, and now I've fallen in love with you... too late.
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A fine lady getting caught up with a trap of destiny
25 November 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

Merle Oberon is always worth experiencing in any circumstances, and here they are rather confused. She is a top member of society, a lady above reproach, who happens to a car accident: an old man with a dog loses control of his dog and walks out into the street without seeing her coming, she hits him, she wants to report it immediately to the police taking responsibility at once, but as she already is starting to talk in a phone booth, her car is stolen. Instead she reports her car stolen. That's how it begins.

It appears she wasn't quite satisfied with the film herself, because after this film she almost never appeared on screen again - just a few TV shows, some minor parts now and then, while she still had a long life ahead and never lost her beauty.

It certainly isn't one of the best noirs, rather pale for a noir, and the script is too muddled up with improbabilities. How could she at all have anything to do with those rude gangsters, that later gets her involved, the last thing she wants? She blames her weakness, and that is very womanish, of course, so there is much in this film to discuss - Lex Barker isn't very attractive either, so their love business isn't very convincing. Anyone could love her, but he is rather wooden, while the other guy, Warren Stevens, is simply impossible in his rudeness.

It's worth seeing for her sake, you will remember her, but you will forget the picture.


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