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5 Steps to Danger (1957)

During the 1950s, a man's car trip from L.A. to Texas turns into a Cold-War espionage drama when his car breaks down and he accepts a lift from a stranger.

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Henry S. Kesler

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Henry S. Kesler (screenplay), Donald Hamilton (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ruth Roman ... Ann Nicholson
Sterling Hayden ... John Emmett
Werner Klemperer ... Dr. Simmons
Richard Gaines ... Dean Brant
Charles Davis Charles Davis ... Kirk
Jeanne Cooper ... Helen Bethke
Peter Hansen ... Karl Plesser
Karl Ludwig Lindt Karl Ludwig Lindt ... Kissel (as Karl Lindt)
John Mitchum ... Deputy
John Frederick John Frederick ... Sheriff (as John Merrick)
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When his car breaks down during a trip from Los Angeles to Texas John Emmett meets another motorist, Ann Nicholson, who offers him a lift. He learns that she is running away from her physician, Dr. Simmons, and the police, who want to question her about a murdered Central Intelligence Agent in Los Angeles. Anne, as it also turns out, is a native of Berlin, Germany. She had come into possession of a valuable secret formula for a 4000-mile-per-hour rocket, which is written on the reverse side of a small pocket mirror she carries. She wants to deliver this to a scientist in the United States. But, the scientist is an enemy agent as is her doctor and they, and the F.B.I are after her. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Across ten thousand miles they raced with a hell-bomb horror...NOW THEY ONLY HAD FIVE MORE STEPS TO GO! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Steps of Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Released in the UK in November 1956 as the support film for Robert Aldrich's Attack. See more »

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It is true that the towed car ARrives before Ruth Romans Lincoln, it's quite obvious that Hayden's car comes in from the left while Romans car enters from the right, indicating she passed the service station then drove back. That is why Hayden's car enters first even thought Romans car passed him on the highway. See more »

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Good atmosphere in a good film
28 March 2013 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

This is a clever directing job to make a film noir mystery into a good film.

Film noir often stumbled from being too Hollywood, with heroes and heroines automatically acting creepy just for the sake of acting creepy.

Here, we get the opposite. The best mysteries have the woman being the "woman of mystery", because that is part of being a woman, while being a man means having your mystery come out of your very straight forward approach.

Sterling Hayden often acted gruff for the sake of acting gruff. A modern day guy who thought there was always a camera on him.

But here he acts more like a believable man from the fifties, or any era before the twenty first century.

He becomes the "everyman" who is introduced to a mysterious world, which involves espionage.

The CIA and FBI are put in a likable light, which doesn't go over well with those who like the post 1965 cliché. Being 1957, this goes under the old cliché, which really wasn't around long enough to be a cliché. That's why such CIA and FBI characters are still fresh, and in the long run, more believable than the silly assassins of today.

What helps here is a great atmosphere. We get some road, and not too much of the cars. We have a few pit stops, and changing scenery, which makes this flow very well.


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