The Night Holds Terror

Overview

Though based on a true story, the principal inspiration for The Night Holds Terror was the success of Paramount's The Desperate Hours. Jack Kelly plays well-to-do businessman Gene Courtier, who makes the mistake of his life when he picks up hitchhiker Victor Gosset (Vincent Edwards). Soon afterward, Gosset and his criminal confederates (John Cassavetes, David Cross) are holding Courtier and his family hostage. Upon learning that Courtier has a lot of money in the bank, the trio kidnap the businessman and hold him...
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Overview

Though based on a true story, the principal inspiration for The Night Holds Terror was the success of Paramount's The Desperate Hours. Jack Kelly plays well-to-do businessman Gene Courtier, who makes the mistake of his life when he picks up hitchhiker Victor Gosset (Vincent Edwards). Soon afterward, Gosset and his criminal confederates (John Cassavetes, David Cross) are holding Courtier and his family hostage. Upon learning that Courtier has a lot of money in the bank, the trio kidnap the businessman and hold him for ransom. Working in concert with Courtier's wife Doris (Hildy Parks), the FBI manages to keep apace with the criminals via the telephone system. Only occasionally resorting to family-held-captive cliches, The Night Holds Terror is an effective suspenser. Leading lady Hildy Parks later became an influential TV and theatrical producer.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Because of its similarity to the better-known The Desperate Hours, The Night Holds Terror is hardly ever discussed and barely ever seen. Yet while not a masterpiece, Terror is a surprisingly effective thriller. Working in his familiar semi-documentary style complete with narration, which is of varying quality and usefulness and may prove irritating to some viewers, director and writer Andrew L. Stone creates a fairly low-key film that is nevertheless harrowing and tension-filled -- a difficult combination, but one which he pulls off with only a few hitches along the way. Filming for the most part on locations rather than studio sets with even most of the interior seeming to be "authentic", Terror has a definite flavor of its own -- that of the dream of safe suburbia turning into a nightmare. While the screenplay follows the dictates of the "family held hostage" genre, with little in its plot that is surprising, Stone still manages to find ways to keep the audience guessing and on its toes. Perhaps the best sequence, which owes a great deal for its effectiveness to editor Virginia Stone, is the sequence in which the police race to trace the phone call from the villains. The men turn in solid performances, with John Cassavetes and Vince Edwards especially menacing, but it is Hildy Parks' sensational turn as the wife that deserves the biggest round of applause.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2011
  • UPC: 043396388925
  • Original Release: 1955
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42,725

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Kelly Gene Courtier
Hildy Parks Doris Courtier
Vince Edwards Victor Gosset
John Cassavetes Robert Batsford
David Cross Luther Logan
Jack Kruschen Detective Pope
Joyce McCluskey Phyllis Harrison
Jonathan Hale Bob Henderson
Barney Phillips Stranske
Charles Herbert Steven
Nancy Zane Deborah
Joel Marston Reporter
Eddie Marr Capt. Cole
Technical Credits
Andrew L. Stone Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Lucien Cailliet Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred Jackman Jr. Cinematographer
Virginia Stone Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Night Holds Terror
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [9:59]
4. Chapter 4 [9:59]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [9:59]
9. Chapter 9 [5:36]
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