The Threat (1960)

66 mins | Melodrama | 26 March 1960

Director:

Charles R. Rondeau

Producer:

Charles R. Rondeau

Cinematographer:

Edward Cronjager

Editor:

Howard Epstein

Production Designer:

Rudi Feld

Production Company:

Robin Rae Productions
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HISTORY

During the opening credits, Robert Knapp, as the character "Steve Keenan," struggles with a criminal for his gun and shoots him in self-defense. As Steve calls police headquarters to pick up the body, he makes himself a drink. According to the Var review, most scenes were shot on location in Los Angeles. The Threat appears to be the only production made by Robin Rae Productions, a company created by director Charles Rondeau, and was the last film made by director of photography Edward Cronjager ... More Less

During the opening credits, Robert Knapp, as the character "Steve Keenan," struggles with a criminal for his gun and shoots him in self-defense. As Steve calls police headquarters to pick up the body, he makes himself a drink. According to the Var review, most scenes were shot on location in Los Angeles. The Threat appears to be the only production made by Robin Rae Productions, a company created by director Charles Rondeau, and was the last film made by director of photography Edward Cronjager (1904--1961). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
29 Feb 1960.
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Daily Variety
21 Jan 1960.
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Daily Variety
18 Feb 60
p. 3.
Film Daily
26 Feb 60
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Sep 1959.
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Oct 1959
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jan 1960.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Feb 60
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
2 Apr 60
p. 643.
Variety
24 Feb 60
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Charles R. Rondeau Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Key grip
Gaffer
Best boy
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Const
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Transportation
Tech dir
SOURCES
MUSIC
"The Destiny of Love" and "In Love Before," words and music by Ronald Stein.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 March 1960
Production Date:
late September--early October 1959 at Amco Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Robin Rae Productions
Copyright Date:
26 March 1960
Copyright Number:
LP20400
Physical Properties:
Black and White
Lenses/Prints
processed by Consolidated Film Industries
Duration(in mins):
66
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
19522
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

One night, while trying to arrest racketeer boss Delinko, hard-bitten police sergeant Steve Keenan is forced to kill the gangster in self-defense. At the squad room the next day, after officer Duncan accuses Steve of having a vendetta against Delinko because the racketeer was living with Steve’s one-time girl friend Laura Wallace, Steve vehemently denies the charge; however, Delinko is the second man Steve has killed who dated Laura. Steve's brother Harry, who is also a police officer, assures him that everyone is glad Delinko is dead and congratulates him on yet another success in his police career. Harry, however, cautions Steve to be careful and shows him a note found at the Delinko apartment warning Steve that "No matter what the laws calls it, I call it murder." Steve is unconcerned by the threat and visits Lucky's Club to apologize to his girl friend Gerri, a singer at the bar, for standing her up the previous evening. Meanwhile, Laura has Delinko’s chauffer Mouse drive her to a jewelry store near Lucky's. Recognizing Delinko’s car, Steve interrogates Mouse about the name of the note’s author, but Mouse claims no one in the crime syndicate cared enough about Delinko's death to write the note. When Laura returns to the suite of the new racketeer boss, Chessner, he accuses her of planning to meet Steve and reminds her that she chose racketeering money over the sergeant's good looks. He then reminds her that since Delinko is dead, he has inherited everything, including her. Later, when Laura comes to the police bail out Chessner's gunman Junior, she tells Steve that she never stopped loving him and, as she walks out the ... +


One night, while trying to arrest racketeer boss Delinko, hard-bitten police sergeant Steve Keenan is forced to kill the gangster in self-defense. At the squad room the next day, after officer Duncan accuses Steve of having a vendetta against Delinko because the racketeer was living with Steve’s one-time girl friend Laura Wallace, Steve vehemently denies the charge; however, Delinko is the second man Steve has killed who dated Laura. Steve's brother Harry, who is also a police officer, assures him that everyone is glad Delinko is dead and congratulates him on yet another success in his police career. Harry, however, cautions Steve to be careful and shows him a note found at the Delinko apartment warning Steve that "No matter what the laws calls it, I call it murder." Steve is unconcerned by the threat and visits Lucky's Club to apologize to his girl friend Gerri, a singer at the bar, for standing her up the previous evening. Meanwhile, Laura has Delinko’s chauffer Mouse drive her to a jewelry store near Lucky's. Recognizing Delinko’s car, Steve interrogates Mouse about the name of the note’s author, but Mouse claims no one in the crime syndicate cared enough about Delinko's death to write the note. When Laura returns to the suite of the new racketeer boss, Chessner, he accuses her of planning to meet Steve and reminds her that she chose racketeering money over the sergeant's good looks. He then reminds her that since Delinko is dead, he has inherited everything, including her. Later, when Laura comes to the police bail out Chessner's gunman Junior, she tells Steve that she never stopped loving him and, as she walks out the door, Junior sees Laura and Steve together. That night, at the apartment that Steve shares with Harry, Harry's girl friend Sandy calls Steve a "headline hungry" cop, but Steve accuses her of secretly liking him more than Harry and forces her to kiss him. Later, after Harry shows Steve another threatening note warning "You're a dead man," Steve asks bar owner Lucky to use his underworld contacts to identify who might want to kill him. Meanwhile, Harry, concerned that Sandy prefers Steve, questions her about why she is waiting to accept his marriage proposal, adding that Steve has already stolen one of his girl friends. Late that night, Sandy goes to Harry’s apartment and finds Harry lying beaten on the floor. When Sandy calls Steve at Lucky's, Gerri picks up the phone, and, hearing Sandy's voice, assumes Steve is having another affair. Steve believes that someone mistook Harry for him and suspects Chessner of the crime, but when Steve confronts Chessner at his apartment that night, Chessner reiterates that no one regrets Delinko's death. Once outside, Steve finds Junior is following him and knocks him out, later learning that Junior was killed just minutes after Steve hit him. Back at Lucky's, Gerri laments that waiting for Steve is pointless, since he will never recognize her love for him. Lucky concurs and warns her that Steve will break her heart. Meanwhile, as the police look for Steve in connection with Junior's death, Chessner has sent Duke to kill Steve to avenge Junior. Harry sends Sandy to Lucky's to warn Steve that both the police and the gangster are after him. Steve then learns from Lucky that Delinko's brother is in town and is possibly seeking revenge. Realizing Laura may have information useful to him, Steve calls Chessner's and asks to see her. While Laura is on the phone, Chessner orders her to lure Steve to his apartment. Driving Sandy's car, Steve arrives at the apartment and using Georgie, Chessner's lackey and elevator boy, as a shield, at bursts into the apartment at gunpoint, throwing Georgie into Chessner's gunfire. Escaping unharmed, Steve returns to Lucky's, where a tearful Laura calls to tell him Chessner is coming to kill him. Moments later, Duncan and Mouse come to the club looking for Steve. Steve disarms Mouse and forces him to take him and Sandy to Delinko's brother's hotel room, where the brother, seated at a table, tells Steve that Delinko's death was not unexpected. When the man does not respond to Steve's bullying or his accusations about writing the threatening notes, Steve turns over the table to find that Delinko’s brother is handicapped and wears leg braces. Realizing his mistake, Steve leaves with Sandy for her apartment, where Sandy insists he stay even though this puts her own life in peril. Thinking about the series of incidents, Steve questions why the man behind the threats did not kill Harry, instead of beating him up, when he mistook him for Steve. Finally realizing that threats are a convenient cover-up, Steve is about to tell Sandy that it is Harry who seeks to kill him, when his brother walks in with his gun pointed at Steve. As a demented Harry explains that he has no identity of his own because Steve has stolen the limelight since they were young, Steve moves away from Sandy, allowing her to pull out a gun she has hidden in her purse while Steve grabs Harry's gun. Harry lurches at Steve with a letter opener, challenging Steve to kill him and asking if he is callous enough to kill his own brother. In his struggle, Harry falls back into Sandy's gun, which fires and kills him. Sandy weeps and accuses Steve of never showing Harry nor anyone else any love. Later at the police station, Steve learns that Chessner was arrested for Georgie’s death and that Laura is looking for him. Ready to begin a new life, Steve ignores Laura’s call and meets Gerri. After admitting that they do not know each other well, Steve proposes to her and Gerri tells him that her love for him is all that she needs to know. +

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