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The Trap (28-Jan-1959)

Director: Norman Panama

Writers: Norman Panama; Richard Alan Simmons

Keywords: Crime, Film Noir

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Lee J. Cobb
8-Dec-1911 11-Feb-1976 The Left Hand of God
Lorne Greene
12-Feb-1915 11-Sep-1987 Ben Cartwright on Bonanza
Earl Holliman
11-Sep-1928   The Rainmaker
Tina Louise
11-Feb-1934   Ginger on Gilligan's Island
Carl Benton Reid
14-Aug-1893 16-Mar-1973 The Little Foxes
Richard Widmark
26-Dec-1914 24-Mar-2008 Kiss of Death


Richard Widmark   ...   Ralph Anderson
Lee J. Cobb   ...   Victor Massonetti
Tina Louise   ...   Linda Anderson
Earl Holliman   ...   Tippy Anderson
Carl Benton Reid   ...   Sheriff Lloyd Anderson
Lorne Greene   ...   Davis
Peter Baldwin   ...   Mellon
Chuck Wassil   ...   False Policeman
Richard Shannon   ...   Len Karger
Carl Milletaire   ...   Joey


Review by anonymous (posted on 24-Aug-2006)

I first saw this feature when the movie was 10 years old... Just approximately two months after our country landed Gus Grissom and his crew on the moon. Widmark, Cobb, along with Tina Louise, (who would five years latter star as one of the Gilligan Castoways), performed their best acting abilities in this suspenseful melodrama. This is one of those late 1950's crime drama films that was so well written, produced, and directed that today,s Miami Vice, (The just released motion picture. Not the 80's NBC series!), and/or any other feature in the crime drama field couldn't match. The modern day western stage set up of the movie and those finned Chrysler Corporation vehicles, (a pair of 1957 or'58 Chrysler New Yorker sedans, Tina's 1949 to a '52 Dodge, Plymouth, or Desoto convertable, and the pair of 1957 or '58 Plymouth Savoy sedan police crusiers), along with the twin engine private plane used for the attempt to fly Lee J. Cobb's character out of the country made this outstanding mobster thriller seem like an episode of the hit Saturday morning adventure drama at the time "Sky King",which was one of the reasons I was, and still am a major fan of this movie. And I would very much like to know if it's yet on DVD? I remember seeing somewhere on a website that it is, but I now can't find the information that stated it. It showed a photo of it being enclosed in a black plastic case and the disc was enclosed in paper. If anyone who reads this this review is aware of this being fact please inform me of this along with the information of where I can purchase it!

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