Experiment in Terror

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Experiment in Terror
Experiment In Terror poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Blake Edwards
Produced by Blake Edwards
Written by Mildred Gordon
Gordon Gordon
Starring Glenn Ford
Lee Remick
Stefanie Powers
Ross Martin
Music by Henry Mancini
Cinematography Philip H. Lathrop
Edited by Patrick McCormack
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • April 13, 1962 (1962-04-13)
Running time 123 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Experiment in Terror, originally released in the UK as The Grip of Fear, is a 1962 suspense-thriller released by Columbia Pictures. It was directed by Blake Edwards and written by Mildred Gordon and Gordon Gordon based on their 1961 novel Operation Terror. The film stars Glenn Ford, Lee Remick, Stefanie Powers and Ross Martin.[1]


Plot[edit]

A psychotic killer, Garland "Red" Lynch, uses a campaign of terror to force San Francisco bank teller Kelly Sherwood to steal $100,000 from the bank for him. Despite his threat to kill her or her teenaged sister Toby if she goes to the police, Sherwood contacts the San Francisco office of the FBI, where agent John Ripley takes charge of the case.

Ripley interviews a woman who implies that she's involved in some way in a serious crime, but before she can give Ripley the details, Lynch murders her. Sherwood continues to be terrorized with phone calls, an asthmatic condition making the unseen Lynch's voice all the more sinister.

The FBI identifies the criminal, noting that Red Lynch has a record of convictions for statutory rape, forgery, criminal assault, armed robbery and murder. They track down his girlfriend, Lisa Soong, whose 6-year-old son has just had a hip replaced. Lynch is paying all the hospital bills. Because of this, Lisa refuses to believe that Lynch is a criminal and will not cooperate with the investigation. Ripley nevertheless manages to get some information about "Uncle Red" from the boy.

Lynch finally gives Sherwood a time and date to steal the money, and just to make sure that she does, he kidnaps her sister Toby and holds her captive. The climax is a chase through Candlestick Park after a nighttime baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. Ripley and his men ultimately surround Lynch on the infield of the stadium.

Cast[edit]

  • Glenn Ford as John "Rip" Ripley
  • Lee Remick as Kelly Sherwood
  • Stefanie Powers as Toby Sherwood
  • Ross Martin as Garland Humphrey "Red" Lynch
  • Roy Poole as Brad
  • Ned Glass as Popcorn
  • Anita Loo as Lisa Soong
  • Patricia Huston as Nancy Ashton
  • Gilbert Green as Special agent
  • Clifton James as Capt. Moreno
  • Al Avalon as Man who picks up Kelly
  • William Bryant as Chuck
  • Dick Crockett as FBI agent #1
  • James Lanphier as Landlord
  • Warren Hsieh as Joey Soong
  • Sidney Miller as Drunk
  • Clarence Lung as Attorney Yung
  • Frederic Downs as Welk
  • Sherry O'Neil as Edna
  • Mari Lynn as Penny
  • Harvey Evans as Dave
  • William Sharon as Raymond Burkhardt

Production[edit]

Experiment in Terror was filmed on location in San Francisco. The house used for the home of Kelly and Toby Sherwood was located at 100 St. Germaine Street in the Twin Peaks section of the city.[2][unreliable source?] Kelly works at the Crocker-Anglo Bank (now Wells-Fargo) located at One Montgomery Street . The climactic chase at the end of the film was filmed at Candlestick Park; other nearby filming locations included Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach.

Release[edit]

The film opened in New York on 13 April 1962.[3] The film was originally released in the UK under the title The Grip of Fear.[1]

Awards[edit]

Ross Martin was nominated for a 1963 Golden Globe Award for "Best Supporting Actor".[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erickson, Hal. "Experiment in Terror: Overview – Allmovie". Allmovie. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ IMDB Filming locations
  3. ^ TCM Overview
  4. ^ "Experiment in Terror: Awards – Allmovie". Allmovie. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 

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