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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!


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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

Kluger's escape car is a 1941 Ford 4-door sedan. See more »

Goofs

A newspaper article incorrectly identifies the District Attorney as MacDonald Barker when his name is actually Barker MacDonald. See more »

Quotes

Ann Williams: Did Murph order you back to work?
Detective Ray Williams: It's my job.
Ann Williams: Job? To you it's more like a game. You like the excitement, the danger.
Detective Ray Williams: You married a cop, not a filing clerk!
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THE THREAT (Felix Feist, 1949) ***
28 September 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This little-known 'B' noir – tightly-paced and efficiently handled by journeyman Feist – provides Charles McGraw with one of his best roles as a vicious escaped criminal out to get the three people responsible for his conviction; clearly resourceful, he manages to kidnap all of them within the space of a few hours from his freedom (with the help of two other associates)! The film makes great use of confined spaces: in their attempt to escape detection on the way to crossing the border into Mexico, the gang exchanges their hide-out a number of times – a house, a moving van (conveniently concealing a police car inside it which, apart from carrying the hostages, allows McGraw to know the pursuing force's every move!) and finally a cabin in the desert.

As with other post-war examples of the genre, the violence is more pronounced – in particular the stunning sequence in which McGraw pins the hero to the floor (by stepping on the latter's outstretched arms) and breaks a chair over his face! The hero, however, is rather colorless and it's the young van driver (himself an unwilling captive) who offers the most resistance to McGraw and gang – though, in their final confrontation, the criminal is able to disarm him in the blink of an eye!

Ultimately, this proves to be yet another title which has so far been curiously overlooked for DVD release – indeed, it would make an ideal choice for the next instalment of Warners' much-anticipated "Film Noir Collection"...


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