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The Trap (1959)

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 Richard Shannon ... Len Karger
Carl Milletaire Carl Milletaire ... Eddie
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1959 (Japan) See more »

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Die Falle von Tula See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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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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twisted story of two brothers who love the same woman
22 January 2009 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

A twisted family plot about one son who leaves his small California desert town and becomes a lawyer for the mob, and the other, who remains and follows in his father's footsteps to become a sheriff's deputy in the same town, and who meet again when brother number one returns with a fleeing mob boss and his bodyguards, who are attempting to help him escape into Mexico via a desert airstrip. Between them (the two brothers) aside from being on opposite sides of the law, is a woman who is now married to the deputy but who was with the other brother before he left town. And the father, the town sheriff, is a by-the-book character who resents the one son for leaving and the other for his personal weaknesses, especially his drinking. Along comes the mob boss and his boys into the desert town, and all hell breaks loose, leading to the film's finale, a scenic cat and mouse chase through the desert. Widmark's character turns out to be not bad at all, as he's shown to be really a good guy at heart, and contrasts with the corrupted mob figures whom he ultimately battles. Earl Holliman, as the other brother, plays the tragic part, a marriage (Tina Louise as his wife) that turns out to be a farce, and a job that's his only due to the influence of his father (sheriff Carl Benton Reid), a man who has zero respect for him.


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