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Experiment in Terror (1962)

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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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Production Co:

Geoffrey-Kate Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First of two B&W films Blake Edwards and Lee Remick collaborated on in 1962 that were set in San Francisco. The other, "Days of Wine and Roses", earned Remick her sole Oscar nomination, for Best Actress. See more »

Goofs

The Dodgers/Giants baseball game is August 18, 1961 per the ticket Lee Remick holds. This game ended in a 2-1 Giants win in 10 innings; however, the first scene in the game shows a Giants hitter on a home run trot with a runner ahead of him. This two run home run would have ended the real game. But the game continues with Willie Mays coming to bat. 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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The end credits only list one person, the actor who played the villain, followed by "The End" See more »

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When the Saints Go Marching In
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A Film That Lives Up To Its Title
14 April 1999 | by Rich-99See all my reviews

"Experiment in Terror" is a superb example of how to scare the hell out of you without a trace of gore, blood or gratuitous violence. For all intents and purposes this is a police procedural where the aim is to track down a stalker/blackmailer/murderer. Filmed in black and white the film revels in darkness and uses it to create its more unsettling moments. Imagining what we are barely seeing in the dark and letting our imaginations run wild is scarier than seeing a graphic depiction. Ford and Remmick turn in excellent performances under Blake Edwards' deft direction. Best of all is Ross Martin as the world champion heavy breather. Martin is generally known for more lighter roles but his rather sinister turn here is very fine. Stark photography, often at night, and a subtle yet unsettling score by Henry Mancini are icing on the cake. To be watched with the lights out.


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