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Experiment in Terror (1962)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 9 June 1962 (Japan)
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A man with an asthmatic voice telephones bank clerk Kelly Sherwood at home and coerces her into helping him steal a large sum from her bank.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

Gordon Gordon (novel) (as The Gordons), Mildred Gordon (novel) (as The Gordons) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... John 'Rip' Ripley
Lee Remick ... Kelly Sherwood
Stefanie Powers ... Toby Sherwood
Roy Poole ... Brad
Ned Glass ... Popcorn
Anita Loo ... Lisa Soong
Patricia Huston Patricia Huston ... Nancy Ashton
Gilbert Green Gilbert Green ... Special Agent
Clifton James ... Capt. Moreno
Al Avalon Al Avalon ... Man Who Picks Up Kelly
William Bryant ... Chuck (as Bill Bryant)
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... FBI Agent #1
James Lanphier James Lanphier ... Landlord
Ross Martin ... Garland Humphrey 'Red' Lynch
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Storyline

When the bank clerk Kelly Sherwood arrives home after hours, she is intimidated by a stranger that knows her routine habit. He threatens Kelly and her sister Toby to force her to heist $100,000 from her bank; otherwise he will kill her. Kelly does not see his face but notes he is asthmatic. Kelly succeeds to lure the criminal and contacts the FBI agent John 'Rip' Ripley that advises Kelly how to behave and assigns a group of agents to keep Kelly and Toby under surveillance. But when Toby is abducted by the stranger, Kelly tries to stay calm to help the FBI to catch the criminal. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The absolute ultimate in sensual shuddering suspense! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1962 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Zug See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The helicopter in the film is a 1947 Bell 47G, registration N141B. It crashed outside Cincinnati, Ohio on May 20, 1982 and the two people on board suffered minor injuries, but the aircraft was written off. This helicopter was also used in the TV show Highway Patrol (1955). See more »

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There are official photos of President Eisenhower and President Kennedy in different government offices. However, this picture was filmed in 1961 (license plate stickers indicate as much), during a transition period from the Eisenhower to the Kennedy administration, so it is quite possible that there were portraits of both in some places. There were also some 48-star flags shown in some scenes; sometimes those in authority didn't get to making changes as quickly as today. See more »

Quotes

Garland Humphrey 'Red' Lynch: Your sister's all right.
Toby Sherwood: You said she was dying.
Garland Humphrey 'Red' Lynch: I had to find some way to get you here. Take off your clothes. You want me to take them off for you?
Toby Sherwood: [shakes her head]
Garland Humphrey 'Red' Lynch: Then take them off.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits only list one person, the actor who played the villain, followed by "The End" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Everyday: Episode #1.11 (1978) See more »

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Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4 (Lullaby)
(uncredited)
Music by Johannes Brahms
Played on the music box
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Did this inspire David Lynch?
10 July 2003 | by jwatermanSee all my reviews

Just saw this movie for the first time and the DVD transfer just released is fine.

From the moment this film opens, I couldn't help but wonder how many times Lynch has seen this movie. Those of you who've seen Experiment should know what I mean.

The score, the angles, the subdued dialogue all help to create one heck of a moody, brooding piece of work. I couldn't agree more with some of the other IMDB comments here...this is a great piece of film noir, if not the last great piece of film noir for a particular generation!

What I so admire about classic film-making from years past is how directors, like Blake in this instance, don't or couldn't resort to gratuitous blood and nudity to creat atmosphere. Unlike Lynch, who exploits graphic gore and nudity, Blake thrills with mere thoughts of sexual deviency and violence.

The opening scene to Experiment is one I shall not forget soon! As our villain forces himself on Remick and proceeds to dirty her ears with the filth of what he could do to her is just simply incredible film-making. It reminded me of the scene from Lynch's Wild at Heart where Dafoe's character has Dern's character in his filthy clutches. Except in Experiment, I think it works even better...why? Because there were no profane words or over-the-top characterizations, just simple text and superb acting that later matches a villain who seems quite normal as he strolls the streets of San Fran. I really believed the characters in this film...Blake puts everyone in context.

Congrats to Blake Edwards on his only serious movie...I wish you had done more! And, Mancini is as sly as ever on the score. I could go on and on. Suffice it to say, I really enjoyed this movie and am happy to have it as part of my DVD collection. Although, I'd love to see Criterion get a hold of this one...I'd love to learn more about the history of this film.


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