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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.

Director:

Henry S. Kesler

Writers:

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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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>

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LASHED TOGETHER BY THE SAME SIN AND THE SAME SECRET! (original poster-all caps) 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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Film not up to the Donald Hamilton novel on which it is based; Jack Elam is uncredited
2 July 2015 | by albertayler1See all my reviews

Let's get this out of the way. IMDb and the film itself do not credit a young Jack Elam as the thug Harry, who fails to do away with the principal characters. One of the spies later refers to him as "Harry". Elam looks almost ruggedly handsome here, not the messy, bugeyed, snaggletoothed psychotic he often portrayed in later years.

The real problem with this noirish road film is that the script is severely weakened from the plot and dialog of the novel "The Steel Mirror" by Donald Hamilton. The original novel had a very intricate plot that included psychological amnesia, guilt as a result of betrayal of resistance fighters in France in World WAr II, more fleshed out characters and motivations, etc. Kessler, the producer, director, and screenwriter failed to make anything of his material leaving the actors trying to salvage a dull script. Had this film been done by one of the noir specialists of the 40s it probably would have been a different film. If you can hunt down Hamilton's original version it is a fine read. I salute Sterling Hayden, Ruth Roman, and Werner Klemperer for their efforts.


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