Experiment in Terror
|Experiment in Terror|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Blake Edwards|
|Produced by||Blake Edwards|
|Written by||Mildred Gordon|
|Music by||Henry Mancini|
|Cinematography||Philip H. Lathrop|
|Edited by||Patrick McCormack|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Experiment in Terror is a 1962 neo noir 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.
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 night time baseball game between the rival San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. On-field action includes several close-ups of Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale. Ripley and his men ultimately surround Lynch on the infield of the stadium. As Lynch takes aim at a police helicopter, Ripley shoots him and he dies on the pitchers mound.
- 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 Burkhart
- Don Drysdale as himself
Experiment in Terror was filmed on location in San Francisco. Kelly Sherwood's house is at 100 St. Germaine Avenue in the Clarendon Heights district of San Francisco. Kelly works at the Crocker-Anglo Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank) 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.