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5 Steps to Danger (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 5 April 1957 (UK)
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 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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They Carried a Hell-Bomb Horror From East Berlin Across Ten Thousand Miles---To a Secret U. S. Rocket Base! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Steel Mirror 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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In 1957, United Artists distributed this film on a double bill with 12 Angry Men (1957) starring Henry Fonda. 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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High Step to Intrigue
16 November 2008 | by wordsmith_57See all my reviews

I don't know who wrote the tag line, but there is no terror here. And she was no seductress, only a lady on a mission, and a gang of baddies after her. Then along came John...

Ann is a woman who desperately needs to get to Sante Fe. John is on vacation and with his car out of commission agrees to help Ann drive. John's a nice enough guy, and soon finds out that there is more to Ann than meets the eye. There are cops, CIA, FBI, switched identifies, and a plot full of twists and turns.

Sterling Hayden plays John and Ruth Roman is Ann. While they were adequate, I couldn't help but wonder what the movie would have been like with Gary Cooper and Suzanne Pleshette, as the leads very much resembled these two known actors.

Definitely late night movie fare, but nothing spectacular. The plot had its intriguing moments--you will want to stay awake for the ending. Never mind the stiff acting and the stereotypical government men, the lead actors carried it well enough. Look for Colonel Klink from Hogan's Hereos as the doctor.


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