Experiment in Terror

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Overview

Bank teller Lee Remick is accosted in her garage one dark night by asthmatic psycho Ross Martin. He forces her to go through with an elaborate robbery scheme, threatening to kill Lee's teen-aged sister Stefanie Powers if the police are summoned. FBI agent Glenn Ford suspects that something is amiss and advises Lee to play along with Martin, hoping in this way to capture this dangerous criminal with a minimum of bloodshed. Unfortunately, Martin is as clever as he is deadly, always managing to stay one step ahead ...
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Overview

Bank teller Lee Remick is accosted in her garage one dark night by asthmatic psycho Ross Martin. He forces her to go through with an elaborate robbery scheme, threatening to kill Lee's teen-aged sister Stefanie Powers if the police are summoned. FBI agent Glenn Ford suspects that something is amiss and advises Lee to play along with Martin, hoping in this way to capture this dangerous criminal with a minimum of bloodshed. Unfortunately, Martin is as clever as he is deadly, always managing to stay one step ahead of Ford. The now-famous climax of Experiment in Terror finds the feds closing in on Martin during a crowded night baseball game at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. Experiment in Terror is based on the Gordons' novel Operation Terror.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Blake Edwards' sole venture into the thriller genre is well-meshed entertainment, featuring a strong performance by Ross Martin as a truly creepy psychopath. Although Edwards' genre exercise may lack the complexity of a Hitchcockian thriller, he added some novel textures by shooting much of the film during daylight hours in nondescript neighborhoods of suburban San Francisco, and using Candlestick Park for the memorable finale. Martin had the role of his career as the asthmatic killer who abducts a teenaged girl (Stefanie Powers) intending to hold her for ransom until he receives 100,000 dollars, and he capitalized on the opportunity, creating a monster to rival Robert Mitchum's sociopathic ex-con in Cape Fear (1962). Ford, Remick, and Powers are fine in less flashy parts, but aside from Martin, the cast here may be less important here than Henry Mancini's edgy, jazz-tinged score, a perfect complement to the film's brooding ambience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2012
  • UPC: 043396241268
  • Original Release: 1962
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  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,507

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn Ford John "Rip" Ripley
Lee Remick Kelly Sherwood
Stefanie Powers Toby
Roy Poole Brad
Ned Glass Popcorn
Ross Martin Red Lynch
Anita Loo Lisa
Patricia Huston Nancy
Gilbert Green Special Agent
Clifton James Capt. Moreno
Al Avalon Man Who Picked Up Kelly
William Bryant Chuck
Dick Crockett First FBI Agent, 1st F.B.I. Agent
James Lanphier Landlord
Warren Hsieh Joey Soong
Sidney Miller Drunk
Clarence Lung Attorney Yung
Sherry O'Neil Edna
Mari Lynn Penny
James Callahan F.B.I. Agent
Robert Carraher Police Lieutenant
Fred Coby F.B.I. Agent
Barbara Collentine Janie
Frederic Downs Welk
Helen Jay Waitress
Ray Kellogg Man at Ballpark
Edward Mallory Dick
Fay McKenzie Hospital Superintendent
Judee Morton Louella
Bill Neff F.B.I. Agent
Richard Norris F.B.I. Agent
Karen Norris Saleswoman
Richard Norris F.B.I. Agent
Gil Perkins Taxi Driver
Mary Ellen Popel Secretary
William Remick Coroner
Audrey Swanson Nurse
David Tomack
Ken Wales F.B.I. Agent
Russ Whiteman TV Director
Beal Wong Pastor
Technical Credits
Blake Edwards Director, Producer
James Crowe Set Decoration/Design
Gordon Elliott Screenwriter
Mildred Gordon Screenwriter
Ben Lane Makeup
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Patrick McCormack Editor
Robert A. Peterson Art Director
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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    Underrated little gem (well, I really shouldn't say little since

    Underrated little gem (well, I really shouldn't say little since it has stars Glenn Ford and Lee Remick and is a major studio release by Columbia) that cries out for a wider audience.  

    This Hitchcockian suspense thriller, pardon the redundancy, stars Lee Remick (1962 was a good year for her) at her most radiant and Glenn Ford, at his most restrained ans was even shot in San Francisco.  Under the taut directin of Blake Edwards and the noirish black & white photography of Philip Lathrop, it matches the old master scene by scene (the villain even cross-dresses at one point) until the final third, which becomes more conventional.  The film is not merely one that was influenced by Hitch, but in the openeing scenes even surpasses the Master and Remick matches Janet Leigh in the victim department.  The film also makes excellent use of on-location filming and shows San Francisco's ethnic diversity which the Master never did, for all his love for the city.  In fact, it is one of the best, if not the best portrayal of Chinese-American community at that time.  Watch for WEST SIDE STORY's Ned Glass as a police informant. 

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