The Night Holds Terror (1955) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Night Holds Terror1955

The Night Holds Terror (1955)





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Though based on a true story, the principal inspiration for The Night Holds Terror was the success of Paramount's The Desperate Hours. Jack Kelly plays well-to-do businessman Gene Courtier, who makes the mistake of his life when he picks up hitchhiker Victor Gosset (Vincent Edwards). Soon afterward, Gosset and his criminal confederates (John Cassavetes, David Cross) are holding Courtier and his family hostage. Upon learning that Courtier has a lot of money in the bank, the trio kidnap the businessman and hold him for ransom. Working in concert with Courtier's wife Doris (Hildy Parks), the FBI manages to keep apace with the criminals via the telephone system. Only occasionally resorting to family-held-captive cliches, The Night Holds Terror is an effective suspenser. Leading lady Hildy Parks later became an influential TV and theatrical producer.


Jack Kelly
as Gene Courtier
Hildy Parks
as Doris Courtier
John Cassavetes
as Robert Batsford
Vince Edwards
as Victor Gosset
David Cross
as Luther Logan
Eddie Marr
as Capt. Cole
Jack Kruschen
as Detective Pope
Joyce McCluskey
as Phyllis Harrison
Jonathan Hale
as Bob Henderson
Nancy Zane
as Deborah
Joel Marston
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Night Holds Terror

All Critics (3)

...erratic yet generally rewarding...

April 10, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The acting, by a cast of non-celebrities, is amateurish in spots but darned if the thing doesn't stir up real spine-crawling tension before it finishes.

November 14, 2019 | Full Review…

It is an intelligent thriller, where a desperate family is held captive by three vicious criminals.

August 8, 2002 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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