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Experiment in Terror (1962)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 10, 2003

Running Time
2 hours, 3 minutes

Country USA

Studio Blake Edwards Company, Warner Brothers

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Other Titles
• Experiment in Terror
• The Grip of Fear
• Der Letzte Zug (1962)

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Genre: Crime, Thriller, Kidnapping, Suspense, Murder, Psychos, Serial Killer, Detectives, Disturbing, Blackmail, Thieves

Tagline: Terror ... Tension ... Almost More Than The Heart Can Bear !

Plot: Glenn Ford stars as FBI agent John Ripley in Blake Edwards's only foray into the thriller genre. When bank teller Kelly Sherwood (Lee Remick) is confronted in the garage of her San Francisco home by a mysterious man (Ross Martin) suffering from asthma, he threatens to kill her teenage sister, Toby (Stefanie Powers), and possibly her if she fails to deliver $100,000 to him from the bank where she works. Although nearly paralyzed with fear, she calls the FBI and is told by agent Ripley to cooperate with the stranger's demands. Knowing the extortionist to be an ashmatic, Ripley is finally able to identify him as Red Lynch, an ex-con who did time for murder. But his attempt to extract information from Lisa Soong (Anita Loo), Lynch's ex-girlfriend, falls flat, since the criminal had paid the bills for the medical care of her crippled son. As the police slowly begin to close in on Lynch, he abducts Toby, intending to hold her until his demands are met. Edwards's skillful daytime noir takes maximum advantage of the San Franciso locations, especially for the Candlestick Park finale. Martin's turn as the wheezing psychopath is especially notable, as is Henry Mancini's brooding score.

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 Directed by
Blake Edwards
Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther, Victor/Victoria
 Written by
Gordon Gordon
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Mildred Gordon
That Darn Cat, That Darn Cat!
Glenn Ford
Superman, Midway, Gilda
Stefanie Powers
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Lee Remick
The Omen, Anatomy of a Murder, Days of Wine and Roses
Roy Poole
1776, Sometimes a Great Notion, Mandingo
Ned Glass
West Side Story, Charade, The Love Bug
Patricia Huston
Heaven's Prisoners, Columbo: No Time to Die
 Music By
Jack Hayes
The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Fast Forward
Henry Mancini
Touch of Evil, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Charade
Leo Shuken
Stagecoach, Sullivan's Travels, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

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