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Friday, November 09, 2018

The Great Charles McGraw Plays a Psycho’s Psycho in TCM's Film Noir of the Week for Saturday Night-Sunday Morning at Midnight a.m. ET (and 10 a.m. ET Sunday Morning), The Threat (1949)

 

 

By David in TN
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 12:51:00 A.M. EST

TCM's Film Noir of the Week for Saturday Night-Sunday Morning at Midnight a.m. ET (and 10 a.m. ET Sunday Morning) is The Threat (1949).
 

 

Charles McGraw chews the scenery in an over-the-top performance as a killer who escapes prison. Michael O'Shea, Virginia Grey, Anthony Caruso, Frank Conroy, and Don McGuire are supporting players in this RKO B-picture.
 

 

Film Noir Guide: “McGraw, a brutal psychopath who has escaped from Folsom prison, intends to keep his promise about getting even with the cop (Shea) who arrested him, the D.A. (Conroy) who convicted him, and the showgirl (Grey) who he believes betrayed him.
 

 

“Along with his goons (Caruso and Frank Richards), McGraw kidnaps his three victims and a furniture mover (McGuire), whose van he needs for a getaway. Gravel-voiced McGraw is brilliant as the sadistic killer, a role similar to the one he played in 1948's T-Men—only this time around you'll get to see even more of him, perhaps more than you can stand if you're the queasy type. The tension never lets up.”


 

 

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