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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.

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1959 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Falle von Tula See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Richard Widmark and Earl Holliman played brothers in this movie, and they played brothers in Broken Lance (1954). See more »

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

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good movie starring Richard Widmark
28 August 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Richard Widmark stars with Lee J. Cobb, Tina Louise, and Earl Holliman in 1959's "The Trap," produced by Widmark's company.

Widmark plays a mob attorney, Ralph Anderson who returns to his home town, despite being estranged from his sheriff father and deputy brother (Holliman). He needs his father to look the other way while a mobster, Vincent Massonetti (Cobb) takes a plane from there to Mexico. He explains that if his father doesn't do it, lots of blood will be shed.

Unfortunately, Massonetti is spotted and all hell breaks loose. Anderson decides to drive Massonetti to the authorities - and there's one road out of the desert town. Accompanying him are his brother and his brother's wife (Louise), a former girlfriend of Anderson. Lots of complications as they attempt to get past the people who want to free Massonetti.

Tense thriller with good performances all around. Louise was probably 20 at the time and very beautiful. I had the extreme displeasure of interviewing her some years ago, so I hesitated to watch this.

Small but effective film that has the feel of a western, though it isn't one.


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