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Cry Terror! (1958)

Not Rated | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 2 May 1958 (USA)
Duped by former army pal Paul Hoplin into building a time-bomb, New York shop owner Jim Molner and his family become hostages of Hoplin who uses bomb-threats to extort money from airlines.

Director:

Andrew L. Stone

Writer:

Andrew L. Stone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Mason ... Jim Molner
Inger Stevens ... Mrs. Joan Molner
Rod Steiger ... Paul Hoplin
Neville Brand ... Steve
Angie Dickinson ... Eileen Kelly
Kenneth Tobey ... Agent Frank Cole
Jack Klugman ... Vince, a thug
Jack Kruschen ... F.B.I. Agent Charles Pope
Carleton Young ... Roger Adams
Barney Phillips ... Dan Pringle
Harlan Warde ... Bert, Operative
Ed Hinton Ed Hinton ... Operative
Chet Huntley ... Himself
Roy Neal Roy Neal ... Himself
Jonathan Hole ... Airline Executive
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Storyline

Yesterday Jim Molner was an ordinary guy. Today he's a desperate man, frantically trying to save himself and his family, held hostage by a demented terrorist who's demanding $500,000 not to detonate a bomb he's planted on a domestic airliner. Written by Anonymous

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TERRIFYING...as the time-triggered explosive of a mad bomber ticking-ticking-ticking! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Third Rail See more »

Filming Locations:

Hoboken, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$482,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The $500,000 demanded by Paul would be the equivalent of almost $4.2M in 2016. See more »

Goofs

The Imperial driven by Paul Hoplin changes from an old-style two-headlight model to the newer four-headlight version. Early in the movie, when Hoplin is in the phone booth, you can see the two-headlight car in the background. Later, when he is driving Joan Molner to Vince's apartment, it is the newer style four-headlight model. In 1957 the four-headlight system was optional, because it was not yet legal in all states. It became standard with the 1958 models. See more »

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Will Keep You On the Edge of Your Seat!!
15 May 2012 | by DS3520See all my reviews

A genuine nail biter, from start to finish! This film is guaranteed to keep you in suspense from beginning to end! Led by Rod Steiger, who gives a riveting performance as the psycho-kidnapper, the rest of the cast performs most ably, lending considerable credulity to the storyline. Acting honors must go to the underrated Inger Stevens, whose career was tragically shortened by her untimely death. She lends just the right note of hysteria as the wife and mother whose family is being held, as she is made to follow the demands of the kidnap gang members in order to secure their safe release. The film also gives us some great shots of the NYC of the period, particularly the West Side Highway and other notable spots in the city.


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