6.2/10
472
17 user 5 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $4.99 (SD) on Prime Video

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An FBI agent investigates the murder of his partner by taking over the 3 cases he was working on, determined to find his killer.

Director: Arnold Laven
Stars: Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, Martha Hyer
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path.

Director: Gerd Oswald
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr
The Come On (1956)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Unscrupulous con woman gets involved in murder.

Director: Russell Birdwell
Stars: Anne Baxter, Sterling Hayden, John Hoyt
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A newly married American couple vacationing in Mexico is prevented by the police from leaving Acapulco when the husband becomes prime suspect in a local girl's homicide.

Director: Paul Henreid
Stars: Ralph Meeker, Janice Rule, Paul Henreid
Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Tramp pilot Scott McBride (Sterling Hayden) goes to meet a Mr. Rodriguez who has a mission for him in the South American jungle. Rodriguez turns out to be Cesar (Rodolfo Hoyos), an old ... See full summary »

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Sterling Hayden, Grace Raynor, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr.
Valerie (1957)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After the American Civil War, former Union Major John Garth marries pretty settler Valerie but tragedy strikes and the two spouses end up in court where they give two different conflicting accounts of their marriage.

Director: Gerd Oswald
Stars: Sterling Hayden, Anita Ekberg, Anthony Steel
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An unhinged, deceptively mild-mannered bank robber escapes prison, seeking revenge on the cop who accidentally killed his wife during a gun battle.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When the sheriff's son is placed on trial for murdering a stagecoach driver, the sheriff desperately searches for the real killer - and finds the trail leads back to his boy.

Director: Sidney Salkow
Stars: Sterling Hayden, Constance Ford, John Dehner
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A minister embittered by his wife's suicide turns away from God. He ends up among the bums of skid row before he finds meaning again through the love of a missionary's blind daughter.

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Sterling Hayden, Viveca Lindfors, Thomas Mitchell
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Swedish whaler is out for revenge when he finds out that a greedy oil man murdered his father for their land.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Cass Brown is about to marry for the second time; his first marriage, to Isabel, was annulled. But when he discovers that Isabel just had their baby, Cass kidnaps the infant to keep her ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Frank Morgan
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A Dutch company's owner bankrupts his own company, burns the incriminating ledgers and plans to run to Paris with the company payroll but he is caught in the act by his accountant who challenges his actions, leading to a reversal of roles.

Director: Harold French
Stars: Claude Rains, Märta Torén, Marius Goring
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
... Ann Nicholson
... John Emmett
... Dr. Simmons
... Dean Brant
Charles Davis ... Kirk
... Helen Bethke
... Karl Plesser
Karl Ludwig Lindt ... Kissel (as Karl Lindt)
... Deputy
John Frederick ... Sheriff (as John Merrick)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

"WE'RE TIED REAL CLOSE YOU AND ME--NOW YOU CAN SCREAM YOUR HEAD OFF! (original 3-sheet poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 April 1957 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Five Steps of Terror  »

Filming Locations:


Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1957, United Artists distributed this film on a double bill with 12 Angry Men (1957) starring Henry Fonda. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, we see Mrs Nicholson's car passing the towed car. Yet, the towed car gets to the garage before Mrs Nicholson. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Why we know Hitchcock, but not Henry S. Kesler.
16 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Another IMDb reviewer, dbdumonteil, made the key observation that this movie was reminiscent of Hitchcock-- about an ordinary man caught up in extraordinary circumstances. It also has handcuffed characters ("39 Steps"), an evil doctor ("Spellbound"), and German scientists ("Notorious"). But this is a far cry from Hitchcock. In Henry S. Kesler's hands, I'm not even sure what the eponymous five steps to danger were.

The idea isn't bad. The first scene is intriguing. The road scenes capture the American Southwest in the mid-1950s. And the performances are adequate, except for the many lawmen who are so rigid and expressionless, you'd think they'd be convincing, but no.

But its minor attributes are overwhelmed by major problems: there is no memorable dialog; the plot is more convoluted than complex; the editing is atrocious (the chase scene with the gunsel is particularly inept); and the big final scene at the weapons lab is too little, too late.

Kesler made three movies before he migrated to TV, where he directed only a few episodes of each of a handful of 1950s series, the most famous of which is "Highway Patrol." If you've seen "Highway Patrol," then you know that Kesler is strictly from the point-and-shoot school of film-making. There isn't an ounce of creativity in "Five Steps"-- nothing in the editing or camera-work that builds tension or rhythm, let alone pace.

It deserves less than a 5 rating, but I've always admired the under-rated Ruth Roman; and it was fun to see Werner Klemperer, Jeanne Cooper ("Young and Restless"), and Ken Curtis ("Gunsmoke") in early roles; but in the final analysis, I can't give any Sterling Hayden picture less than a 5.


12 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed