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Experiment in Terror (1962)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 9 June 1962 (Japan)
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.

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Popcorn
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Patricia Huston ...
Gilbert Green ...
Special Agent
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Capt. Moreno
Al Avalon ...
Man Who Picks Up Kelly
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Chuck (as Bill Bryant)
Dick Crockett ...
FBI Agent #1
James Lanphier ...
Landlord
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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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Terror ... Tension ... Almost More Than The Heart Can Bear ! See more »


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9 June 1962 (Japan)  »

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Der letzte Zug  »

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1.85 : 1
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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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In the baseball double play scene, the Los Angeles Dodgers' batter hitting the double play ground ball is #12, but, the runner getting thrown out at first base is #55. 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 »

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Referenced in Battlestar Galactica: Experiment in Terra (1979) See more »

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Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?
(uncredited)
Written by Hughie Cannon
Played at the Roaring Twenties nightclub
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Great thriller from Blake Edwards
20 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Since my exposure to Blake Edwards beyond his comedies has only been `Days of Wine and Roses', which is one of the most depressing films I've ever seen, I wasn't sure what to expect in the way of a thriller from a director who I largely respect. `Experiment in Terror' which stars Lee Remick and the always great Glenn Ford, turned out to be an outstanding and slick film which was thoroughly enjoyable.

While the story, about a bank teller who is threatened with the kidnapping of her younger sister if she doesn't steal 100K from her employer, and the FBI agent (Ford) who tries to both protect her and find out who the extortionist is, does not rely on cheap thrills in order to create suspense. Rather, the black and white film and noir-like shadows help build the tension while not taking away from the story. The cinematography is extremely crisp, and, like many well-made noir films of the 40's-mid 60's, you can almost imagine each frame as a beautiful photograph.

While I'd never heard of this film until coming across it on one of the movie channels, it is well worth looking for.

--Shelly


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