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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!


Certificate:

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

The police telecast is viewed on a 1948 RCA Victor 10 inch (screen measured diagonally) table model television receiver. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Detective Ray Williams: Remember, I have to live with my conscience.
Ann Williams: I just want you to live.
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Charles McGraw's Best film
7 October 2007 | by MCL1150See all my reviews

In my opinion, Charles McGraw is probably the best and best known actor of the post war / film noir genre. Sometimes he was one of the good guys, and sometimes one of the bad. In "The Threat", he's the baddest. Michael O'Shea and Virginia Grey get top billing, but compared to McGraw they're hardly even in the film at all. McGraw is clearly the star of this movie, and he's absolutely terrific as a no nonsense, cold blooded killer. Those piercing eyes of his go right through you. Just about as scary a movie criminal as there ever was. Scary because criminals like this actually do exist, and a great little film like this brings the audience enough into the movie that you can't help but think "what if I were kidnapped by a homicidal lunatic like this?" At 65 minutes, "The Threat" is a very tight film noir type crime drama filled with tension, and Charles McGraw is the center of picture. Great film and a great under rated actor with Charles McGraw. I've been a fan of his for years, and thanks to a recent run on TCM, I finally got to see what has to be his best starring role.


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