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The Night Holds Terror (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 July 1955 (USA)
A group of escaped convicts take over a suburban home to evade the ongoing police manhunt, making the lives of the family living there a nightmare. The longer the men stay there, the more ... See full summary »

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Andrew L. Stone (as Andrew Stone)

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Andrew L. Stone (as Andrew Stone)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Kelly ... Gene Courtier
Hildy Parks ... Doris Courtier
Vince Edwards ... Victor Gosset
John Cassavetes ... Robert Batsford
David Cross David Cross ... Luther Logan
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Captain Cole (as Edward Marr)
Jack Kruschen ... Detective Pope
Joyce McCluskey Joyce McCluskey ... Phyllis Harrison
Jonathan Hale ... Bob Henderson
Barney Phillips ... Stranske
Roy Neal Roy Neal ... TV News Broadcaster
Joel Marston ... Reporter
Guy Kingsford Guy Kingsford ... Police Technician
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A group of escaped convicts take over a suburban home to evade the ongoing police manhunt, making the lives of the family living there a nightmare. The longer the men stay there, the more the tensions build and the more likely it becomes a tragedy will occur. Based on a real-life hostage-taking. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Killers Hold Family At Bay! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Nacht ist voller Schrecken See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, Texas, 1996. See more »

Goofs

In the extended scene where the John Cassavetes character is in a telephone booth inside the Thrifty Drug Store, a member of the camera crew's reflection can be easily seen on the glass side throughout. See more »

Connections

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

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Saw both this & The Desperate Hours, but 40 years apart!
29 June 2002 | by hobnobxSee all my reviews

Saw "The Nite Holds Terror" in 1956. Enjoyed it so much I wanted to see it again, but it was showing for just 2 or 3 days in my small home town. I don't recall it ever coming to nearby towns or being listed on tv and wondered why. Perhaps because the Humphrey Bogart version called "The Desperate Hours" garnered a larger following. Did not see the Bogart version until June 2002 and even after 40 years I see the remarkable similarities. I think the pictures were equally as good. Thank you.


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