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Experiment in Terror1962

Experiment in Terror (1962)




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John Ripley (Glenn Ford) is the FBI agent called in to investigate a bank robbery that appears to be an inside job. Kelly (Lee Remick) is the terrified bank clerk who confides in Ripley when the sadistic mastermind of the crime threatens to kill her and her sister if she doesn't steal $100,000. Ripley's efforts are hampered by the fact that criminal Red Lunch (Ross Martin) is a master of disguise. In the gripping climax, Red is chased to Candlestick Park, where he blends into a capacity crowd watching the Giants fight for the National League pennant.

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Glenn Ford
as John "Rip" Ripley
Lee Remick
as Kelly Sherwood
Ross Martin
as Red Lynch
Ned Glass
as Popcorn
Gilbert Green
as Special Agent
Clifton James
as Capt. Moreno
Dick Crockett
as F.B.I. Agent
Mari Lynn
as Penny
William Sharon
as Raymond Burkhardt
Warren Hsieh
as Joey Soong
Clarence Lung
as Attorney Yung
Fred Coby
as F.B.I. Agent
Bill Neff
as F.B.I. Agent
Richard Norris
as F.B.I. Agent
Kenny Jackson
as F.B.I. Agent
James Callahan
as F.B.I. Agent
David Tomack
as F.B.I. Agent
Ken Wales
as F.B.I. Agent
Judee Morton
as Louella
Ray Kellogg
as Man at Ballpark
Fay McKenzie
as Hospital Superintendent
Helen Jay
as Waitress
Tommy H. Lee
as Chinese Waiter
George Moorman
as Radio Man
Robert Carraher
as Police Lieutenant
Gil Perkins
as Taxi Driver
Bob Dempsey
as Helicopter Pilot
Robert Coffey
as Announcer
Russ Whiteman
as TV Director
Karen Norris
as Saleswoman
Peggy Lloyd Patten
as Housekeeper
Al Avalon
as Man Who Picked Up Kelly
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Critic Reviews for Experiment in Terror

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

The mix of methodical investigative protocol and aberrant psychology against a twisty San Francisco backdrop (including a climax at Candlestick Park during a Giants game) anticipates Bay City thrillers from Dirty Harry to Zodiac.

April 15, 2019 | Full Review…

After Carpenter and De Palma, it may seem a little dated; yet Edwards' classical feel for pure cinema remains unalloyed.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Aptly grants a satisfyingly original murder-mystery experience.

August 24, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

This stylish noir thriller is one of Blak Edwards' best films and one of the genre's highlights, well acted by Lee Remick, exquisitely shot by Philip Lathrop, and moodily composed by Henry Mancini, who contributes a great jazz score

December 14, 2010 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

One of director Blake Edwards' best w/terrific Mancini score.

January 1, 2008 | Rating: 5/5


November 14, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Experiment in Terror

Blake Edwards' taut-suspense classic about a beautiful bank clerk, played wonderfully by Lee Remick who is terrorized by a murderous asthmatic-voiced extortionist, chilling played by Ross Martin, that is planing to use her to steal a $100,000 from the bank where she works. An FBI agent, superbly played by Glenn Ford, that Remick managed to contact is now aiding her in trying to apprehended the psychotic Martin who has threaten to kill her and her young sister. Exceptional direction by Edwards, who gives his thriller some serious edge-of-your-seat moments. Solid, convincing supporting performances by Stefanie Powers, Roy Poole, Ned Glass, and Aita Loo. Glorious black & white cinematography by Phillip H. Lathrop, and a great Henry Manicini score. A realistic and compelling motion picture thriller. Highly Recommended.

Danny Rovira
Danny Rovira

Super Reviewer


like a bridge between film noir detective stories and the modern thriller, this really was an experiment on the part of blake edwards, much better known for his light comedies. made immediately after the charming if over-rated breakfast at tiffany's, the film pioneered techniques used to great effect by depalma among others in the 80's. it looks a little dated now but this is a solid and influential piece of work

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Unfortunately, Experiment in Terror was one of those pesky "those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat it" moments for me when I let high expectations ruin this movie for me. I heard David Lynch's name thrown around a lot when being told and reading about this movie. That alone wrote Experiment in Terror's death certificate. Its one of the very last noir movies so it's one of the last of its kind from that era. It starts off with sharp imagery and a score to go nuts over by Henry Mancini. It started great, started nodding off toward the middle, then eventually started snoring pretty damn loud be the end. Its definitely not bad and I can see even a small influence it had on Lynch, but its definitely not worth busting your balls over to get a copy of. Impress a film teacher with it, I don't know.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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