Sunday, June 26, 2016

Cry Terror! (1958)

Director: Andrew L. Stone

Writer: Andrew L. Stone

Composer: Howard Jackson

Starring: James Mason, Inger Stevens, Rod Steiger, Neville Brand, Angie Dickinson, Kenneth Tobey, Jack Klugman, Jack Kruschen, Carleton Young, Barney Phillips, William Schallert

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A Los Angeles Crime Saga

Plot: A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

What a cast!  Here's a good crime thriller that stays pretty solid except for one thing, the inner thought narration from Mason and Stevens.  It's the kind where they vocalize what they're thinking in terms of how to get out of this hostage situation.  Have you ever wondered why it's always a 'situation' when it comes to hostages and never anything else like a hostage kanundrum?  Anyway, the narration is annoying and it gets old fast.  The performances are good and it's great seeing Steiger not overdoing it as the villain.  Brand plays a great bad guy and he's more reserved than he became a decade later.  I'm not sure I ever saw Klugman play a bad guy but he's fun and so is Dickinson.  Hell, it's just a great cast all around and a very satisfactory ending.

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