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The Threat (1949)

Vicious hood 'Red' Kluger escapes from Folsom State Prison and follows through on his threats to the detective who arrested him and the D.A. who convicted him.

Director:

Felix E. Feist (as Felix Feist)

Writers:

Dick Irving Hyland (screenplay), Hugh King (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael O'Shea ... Detective Ray Williams
Virginia Grey ... Carol
Charles McGraw ... Arnold 'Red' Kluger
Julie Bishop ... Ann Williams
Frank Conroy ... District Attorney Barker MacDonald
Robert Shayne ... Police Insp. Murphy
Anthony Caruso ... Nick Damon
Don McGuire ... Joe Turner
Frank Richards ... Lefty
Michael McHale ... Detective Jensen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Nesbitt Norman Nesbitt ... Policeman on Television (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

At Folsom State Prison, several inmates escape...including killer Arnold Kluger, who swore revenge on the detective and district attorney responsible for his conviction. Despite precautions, the two men are soon in Kluger's power, together with showgirl Carol whom he suspects of informing on him. At a shack in the California desert, Kluger, two henchmen, and four hostages wait, and wait, for an escape plane that may never come. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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KILLER IN JAILBREAK on vengeance trail!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The weapon that 'Red' Kluger (Charles McGraw) uses in the back of the moving van (and on the poster) is a 1902 or 1903 Luger Carbine without the shoulder stock. After he shoots the Highway Patrolman it is never seen again. This is a highly collectible and expensive gun. Perhaps less so in 1949 but it is still a strange weapon for a hood to choose or even have access to. See more »

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Nick Damon: This beer's hot!
Lefty: Hot or cold, it's still beer!
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Effective "B" film that established Charles McGraw
3 January 2006 | by arodeSee all my reviews

"The Threat" is an effective "B" film noir that is kind of a junior league "White Heat" with Charles McGraw starring as an escaped killer seeking vengeance on those who sent him up. The storyline is relatively clever and the threadbare production values are easily overlooked due to the earnest acting and fast pace.

McGraw was so evilly convincing as the heavy that RKO subsequently signed him to a seven-year contract and starred him in "Armored Car Robbery", "Roadblock" and "The Narrow Margin". When you consider that this picture was shot in under three weeks with a total budget of $221,000, it is quite an achievement for director Felix Feist.

One doesn't have to be 8 years old to appreciate economical film making that rises above the typical RKO "B" film sausage grinding of the time.


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