Five Minutes to Live (1960)

80 mins | Drama | 1960

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HISTORY

HR news items in early 1957 indicated the film went into production on 15 Mar 1957, but the film was not listed in production charts. Although a HR news item adds Betty Lane Cherry to the cast, her appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed. Country singer Johnny Cash (1932--2003), who made his feature film debut in Five Minutes to Live , did not appear in another motion picture until the 1971 Paramount release A Gunfight .
       Although Five Minutes to Live was apparently shot first, actor Victor Tayback's feature film debut was made in the 1959 Sparta Productions picture T-Bird Gang , in which he appeared under the name "Vic Tabback" (see below). Tayback (1930--1990) was best known for his role as "Mel" on the television show Alice
       HR news items state that Five Minutes to Live had its premiere in late 1960 and went into wider release in 1961. The film was rereleased in Nov 1966 by American International Pictures as Door-to-Door Maniac , with a running time of 74 minutes. Producer Robert L. Lippert added new footage, including a rape sequence, for this version, according to a DV news ... More Less

HR news items in early 1957 indicated the film went into production on 15 Mar 1957, but the film was not listed in production charts. Although a HR news item adds Betty Lane Cherry to the cast, her appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed. Country singer Johnny Cash (1932--2003), who made his feature film debut in Five Minutes to Live , did not appear in another motion picture until the 1971 Paramount release A Gunfight .
       Although Five Minutes to Live was apparently shot first, actor Victor Tayback's feature film debut was made in the 1959 Sparta Productions picture T-Bird Gang , in which he appeared under the name "Vic Tabback" (see below). Tayback (1930--1990) was best known for his role as "Mel" on the television show Alice
       HR news items state that Five Minutes to Live had its premiere in late 1960 and went into wider release in 1961. The film was rereleased in Nov 1966 by American International Pictures as Door-to-Door Maniac , with a running time of 74 minutes. Producer Robert L. Lippert added new footage, including a rape sequence, for this version, according to a DV news item. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
4 Nov 1966.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 Feb 1957
pp. 5-6.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Mar 1957
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Nov 1960.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Dec 1961.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
Prod addl material
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Guitar solo by
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Five Minutes to Live" and "I've Come to Kill," words and music by Johnny Cash.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Door-to-Door Maniac
Release Date:
1960
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Richmond, VA: 21 November 1960
Production Date:
began 15 March 1957
Duration(in mins):
80
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Johnny Cabot, a fugitive from the law, settles in the small town of Camellia Gardens with his new girl friend Doris. There underworld crook Fred Dorella approaches Johnny with a plan for a bank holdup. Johnny learns from Fred that Doris had tipped off the police in his recent brush with the law, and he kills her. The two men move quickly to put their scheme into action: After watching bank executive Ken Wilson leave his house, Johnny gains entrance by posing as a door-to-door salesman; he takes Nancy, Ken's wife, hostage while at the bank Fred demands that Ken hand over $70,000 for Nancy's release. Ken, who is planning to leave Nancy for another woman, is tempted to refuse to give the hoodlum the cash, but he relents and pays the ransom. After a bank guard recognizes Fred from a wanted poster and apprehends him, the police, aided by Ken, arrive in time to save Nancy. Johnny is killed in the ensuing shootout at the Wilson home. Realizing that he still loves his wife, Ken decides to give up the other woman for ... +


Johnny Cabot, a fugitive from the law, settles in the small town of Camellia Gardens with his new girl friend Doris. There underworld crook Fred Dorella approaches Johnny with a plan for a bank holdup. Johnny learns from Fred that Doris had tipped off the police in his recent brush with the law, and he kills her. The two men move quickly to put their scheme into action: After watching bank executive Ken Wilson leave his house, Johnny gains entrance by posing as a door-to-door salesman; he takes Nancy, Ken's wife, hostage while at the bank Fred demands that Ken hand over $70,000 for Nancy's release. Ken, who is planning to leave Nancy for another woman, is tempted to refuse to give the hoodlum the cash, but he relents and pays the ransom. After a bank guard recognizes Fred from a wanted poster and apprehends him, the police, aided by Ken, arrive in time to save Nancy. Johnny is killed in the ensuing shootout at the Wilson home. Realizing that he still loves his wife, Ken decides to give up the other woman for her. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime, with songs


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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