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The Trap (1959)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 5 February 1959 (Japan)
In a remote Californian desert town, a lawyer arranges for a wanted mobster to skip the country via a small airstrip but the local sheriff and his deputy could pose a problem.

Director:

Norman Panama
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Widmark ... Ralph Anderson
Lee J. Cobb ... Victor Massonetti
Tina Louise ... Linda Anderson
Earl Holliman ... Tippy Anderson
Carl Benton Reid ... Sheriff Lloyd Anderson
Lorne Greene ... Davis
Peter Baldwin ... Mellon
Chuck Wassil Chuck Wassil ... First Fake Policeman
Richard Shannon ... Len Karger
Carl Milletaire Carl Milletaire ... Eddie
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Storyline

Lawyer Ralph Anderson arrives in Tula, an amazingly remote town in the desert, as a reluctant emissary of mob chief Victor Massonetti, who wants the airstrip clear for his unofficial exit from the country. Ralph's arrival has a profound effect on his estranged father, the Sheriff; his brother Tip, an alcoholic Deputy; and his ex-sweetheart Linda, now married to Tip. Tension builds as a small army of gangsters takes over the town. Then the situation abruptly changes. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Rocking the screen with trip-hammer impact !


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Trivia

William Holden turned down the role of Ralph Anderson. See more »

Alternate Versions

Both VistaVision (1.96:1) and standard screen ratio (1.37:1) versions were released simultaneously. See more »

Connections

References Highway Patrol (1955) See more »

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Taut and suspenseful drama
4 January 2001 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

This is well acted and directed. The mood is set right from the beginning, and Tula is no town for the faint of heart. Widmark and Cobb are terrific, and the supporting cast matches them every step of the way. Toward the end, some plot holes become apparent under close examination, but the ride is worth taking.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1959 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dans la sourici√®re See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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