Experiment in Terror
Directed by Blake Edwards
Written by Gordon and Mildred Gordon from their novel
First viewing/Amazon Instant
This very good thriller might have been great.
Kelly Sherwood (Lee Remick) is a bank teller. She lives alone with her teenage sister Toby (Stefanie Powers). As the movie begins, she is grabbed from behind in her own garage. A sinister asthmatic tells her that if she does not steal $100,000 from her bank for him, he will kill her and/or her sister. She does not see the asthmatic’s face. He seems to know everything there is to know about her and her schedule.
But Kelly is not about to steal the money and finally manages to contact the FBI, which puts agent John Ripley (Glenn Ford) on the case. The rest of the movie moves briskly along to D-Day when we learn whether good or evil will prevail.
This is quite an enjoyable thriller. I find I like about anything Lee Remick is in. I had higher hopes for the picture though. It would have been more suspenseful if the FBI had been a little sloppier or the culprit a little bit smarter. No one did these stories like Hitchcock or ever will. Still recommended if the plot appeals.