The Threat (1949)

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Movie Info

Homicidal criminal Charles McGraw busts out of jail, kidnapping the three people responsible for his incarceration. The hapless hostages include detective Michael O'Shea, district attorney Frank Conroy, and nightclub singer Virginia Grey. McGraw makes no secret of his plans to kill O'Shea and Conroy once he has successfully made a getaway; he has other plans for Grey, however, and for a while it seems as though she'll willingly play along with him. The cat-and-mouse game reaches its peak of tension some sixty minutes into this 65-minute thriller. Sparse and unpretentious, The Threat contained far more excitement than many a more expensive, star-studded film noir.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 limited
Runtime:
Studio:
RKO Radio Pictures

Cast

Charles McGraw
as Arnold 'Red' Kluger
Michael O'Shea
as Detective Ray Williams
Julie Bishop
as Ann Williams
Robert Shayne
as Murphy
Don McGuire
as Joe Turner
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Critic Reviews for The Threat

All Critics (3)

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Full Review… | October 30, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

... opens with a rat-a-tat energy, quite literally: a prison break, a whining siren, and then the almost unbroken blasts of machine gun fire...

Full Review… | October 22, 2011
Parallax View

'Kluger's out!' -- Those are the first words spoken, and they convey a sense of urgency that is pretty much sustained throughout the economical 66-minute running time of this taut deadline thriller

Full Review… | September 16, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Plenty of tough action.

Full Review… | April 28, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Threat

... opens with a rat-a-tat energy, quite literally: a prison break, a whining siren, and then the almost unbroken blasts of machine gun fire...

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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