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Twelve Hours to Kill (1960)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 2 April 1960 (USA)
Based on the Saturday Evening Post serial "Set Up For Murder" by Richard Stern, 12 Hours to Kill traces the problems of a young Greek national (Nico Minardos) who, after ogling a murder, is... See full summary »

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Writers:

Jerry Sohl, Richard Stern (magazine serialized story "Set Up For Murder")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nico Minardos ... Martin Filones
Barbara Eden ... Lucy Hall
Grant Richards ... Detective Lt. Jim Carnevan
Russ Conway ... Police Captain Willie Long
Art Baker ... Police Captain Johns
Gavin MacLeod ... Johnny
Cece Whitney Cece Whitney ... Clara Carnevan
Richard Reeves ... Mark
Byron Foulger ... Selby Gardner
Barbara Mansell Barbara Mansell ... Cynthia
Ted Knight ... Police Sgt. Denton
Shepherd Sanders Shepherd Sanders ... Frankie Russo
Charles Meredith ... Herbst - the Druggist
Stewart Conway Stewart Conway ... Bert - Policeman
Don Collier ... Andy - Policeman
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Based on the Saturday Evening Post serial "Set Up For Murder" by Richard Stern, 12 Hours to Kill traces the problems of a young Greek national (Nico Minardos) who, after ogling a murder, is ushered off into the relative "safety" of suburban obscurity by the police, unaware that he is being double-crossed by a crooked gendarme. Written by Anonymous

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murder | police | kiss | mafia | neo noir | See All (24) »

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Witness to a gangland slaughter! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1960 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Flat "thriller"
18 April 2013 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

Although it has its moments, "Twelve Hours to Kill" is pretty much a by- the-numbers wannabe "noir" with little imagination, style or flair, hampered by a poor script, leaden direction and overwrought performances by lead actor Nico Minardos and several supporting actors (although Barbara Eden, as the romantic interest, is actually quite good). The story is about a Greek immigrant who witnesses a mob hit and flees to a small town with a pair of hit men after him, and finds out that that the case not only involves murder but police corruption. A director like Phil Karlson or Don Siegel could have made this into a crackerjack thriller, but under longtime hack Edward L. Cahn it's strictly routine. Minardos isn't a strong enough actor to carry a picture, and even if he was the lame script would defeat him.

Other than a young and very pretty Barbara Eden, about the only reason to watch this picture is to see an early glimpse of Gavin McLeod and Ted Knight, later to be such memorable adversaries on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and playing adversaries here, with McLeod as a hit-man and Knight as a cop. Otherwise, there's really no need to spend any time watching this.


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